- Rattle is a sound made by a series of sharp sounds such as chains clanging on metal or a musical instrument or baby's toy that makes noise when it is shaken.
- An example of a rattle is the sound made as dishes are unloaded from a dishwasher.
- An example of a rattle is a child's toy that is filled with beads that clatter when the toy is shaken.
- To rattle is to make a series of sharp sounds, such as metal clacking on a chain.
- An example of rattle is when dishes clatter on a tray and make sharp sounds.
- An example of rattle is when you jingle the change in your pocket and cause sharp sounds to be made.
A child's toy rattle makes a rattling sound.
rattle definition by Webster's New World
- to make a series of sharp, short sounds in quick succession
- to go or move with such sounds: a wagon rattling over the stones
- to talk rapidly and incessantly; chatter: often with on
Origin: Middle English ratelen, probably of West Germanic echoic origin, originally , akin to German rasseln
- to cause to rattle: to rattle the handle of a door
- to utter or perform rapidly
- ☆ to confuse or upset; disconcert: to rattle a speaker with catcalls
- a quick succession of sharp, short sounds
- a rattling noise made by air passing through the mucus of a partly closed throat
- a noisy uproar; loud chatter
- a series of horny rings at the end of a rattlesnake's tail, used to produce a rattling sound
- any of these
- a device, as a baby's toy or a percussion instrument, made to rattle when shaken
rattle definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb rat·tled, rat·tling, rat·tles verb, intransitive
- a. To make or emit a quick succession of short percussive sounds.b. To move with such sounds: A train rattled along the track.
- To talk rapidly and at length, usually without much thought: rattled on about this and that.
- To cause to make a quick succession of short percussive sounds: rattled the dishes in the kitchen.
- To utter or perform rapidly or effortlessly: rattled off a list of complaints.
- Informal To fluster; unnerve: The accident rattled me. See Synonyms at embarrass.
- A rapid succession of short percussive sounds.
- A device, such as a baby's toy, that produces short percussive sounds.
- A rattling sound in the throat caused by obstructed breathing, especially near the time of death.
- The series of horny structures at the end of a rattlesnake's tail.
- Loud or rapid talk; chatter.
Origin: Middle English ratelen, perhaps from Middle Dutch, probably of imitative origin.
transitive verb rat·tled, rat·tling, rat·tles
Origin: Back-formation from rattling, ratline, variant of ratline.
rattle - Phrases/Idioms
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