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

    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

    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

    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

    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