Synonyms of pat in English

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verb

1‘Brian patted her absent-mindedly on the shoulder’

SYNONYMS

tap, slap lightly, clap, dab

touch, stroke, pet, caress, fondle, rub


noun

1‘a pat on the cheek’

SYNONYMS

tap, light blow, clap, dab

caress, stroke, fondle, touch

2‘a pat of butter’

SYNONYMS

piece, dab, lump, portion, knob, mass, cake, chunk, wedge, hunk, gobbet, ball, curl

rare clod, gob


Synonyms of pat in English

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adjective

1‘up to now, he has given pat, perfunctory answers’

SYNONYMS

glib, simple, simplistic, facile, slick, smooth, unconvincing, perfunctory


adverb

1‘his reply came rather pat’

SYNONYMS

opportunely, conveniently, advantageously, at exactly the right moment, at just the right moment, expediently

usefully, beneficially, favourably, profitably, appropriately, fittingly, suitably, aptly, timely, auspiciously, luckily, happily, providentially, felicitously, seasonably, propitiously


Phrases

    pat someone on the back

      SYNONYMS

      congratulate, praise, sing the praises of, express approval of, take one's hat off to

      commend, compliment, applaud, acclaim, give someone a pat on the back, throw bouquets at

    pat oneself on the back

      SYNONYMS

      boast, brag, crow, swagger, swank, blow one's own trumpet, congratulate oneself

      preen oneself, pride oneself

      informal

      talk big

    a pat on the back

      ‘you owe me a pat on the back for a job well done’

      SYNONYMS

      praise, congratulations, commendation, applause, salutes, honour, acclaim, acclamation, tribute, cheers, ovation, accolade, plaudits, felicitations

      approval, admiration, approbation, compliments, kudos, adulation, homage

      eulogy, encomium, panegyric, bouquets, laurels, testimonial

      rare

      extolment, laudation, eulogium

    off pat

      ‘in time he'll have the jargon off pat’

      SYNONYMS

      word-perfect, by heart, by rote, word for word, parrot-fashion, verbatim, by memory, memorized

    get something off pat

      SYNONYMS

      memorize, commit to memory, remember, retain, learn by heart, learn, learn by rote, impress on the memory, become word-perfect in

      archaic

      con