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.(noun)
To rattle is to make a series of sharp sounds, such as metal clacking on a chain.(verb)
See rattle in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME ratelen, prob. of WGmc echoic orig., akin to Ger rasseln
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verb rat·tled, rat·tling, rat·tles verb, intransitive
Origin: Middle English ratelen
Origin: , perhaps from Middle Dutch
Origin: , probably of imitative origin.
transitive verb rat·tled, rat·tling, rat·tles
Origin: Back-formation from rattling, ratline
Origin: , variant of ratline.
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