1. [early 15C–early 19C] to talk rapidly, fluently or glibly, to chatter, to prattle.
2. [mid–late 18C] (UK Und.) to stop talking; to abandon an action; to stand still.
3. [mid–late 18C] (UK Und.) to sing on the streets.
4. [late 18C–early 19C] (UK Und.) to talk in a manner designed to confuse a potential victim of a confidence trick.
5. [late 18C–mid-19C] to put on trial.
6. [19C] to talk the cant of thieves, beggars etc; to talk slang; often as patter flash
7. [mid-19C-1910s] to speechify as a cheapjack does in extolling wares, or a conjurer while performing tricks.
8. [mid-19C] to sell broadsides, ballads etc. in the streets.
9. [mid-19C+] (UK Und.) to talk, to speak.
10. [late 19C] (Aus. Und.) to beg.
11. [1900s] (Aus.) to inform.
12. [1960s] to tell tales.
13. [1960s] (Scot., also patter up) to talk so as to encourage criminality; to chat up.
1. [mid-19C] (UK Und.) to talk fluently.
2. to talk fast and meaninglessly.
3. to talk in cant.