rattle

3 ENTRIES FOUND:

1rat·tle

verb \ˈra-təl\
rat·tledrat·tling \ˈrat-liŋ, ˈra-təl-iŋ\

Definition of RATTLE

intransitive verb
1
:  to make a rapid succession of short sharp noises <the windows rattled in the wind>
2
:  to chatter incessantly and aimlessly
3
:  to move with a clatter or rattle; also :  to be or move about in a place or station too large or grand <rattled around the big old house>
transitive verb
1
:  to say, perform, or affect in a brisk lively fashion <rattled off four magnificent backhands — Kim Chapin>
2
:  to cause to make a rattling sound
3
:  rouse; specifically :  to beat (a cover) for game
4
:  to upset especially to the point of loss of poise and composure :  disturb

Origin of RATTLE

Middle English ratelen; akin to Middle Dutch ratel rattle
First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with RATTLE

2rattle

noun

: a series of short, loud sounds

: a baby's toy that makes a series of short sounds when it is shaken

: the group of hard, loose pieces (called scales) that cover the end of a rattlesnake's tail

Full Definition of RATTLE

1
a :  a device that produces a rattle; specifically :  a case containing pellets used as a baby's toy
b :  the sound-producing organ on a rattlesnake's tail
2
a :  a rapid succession of sharp clattering sounds
b :  noise, racket

Examples of RATTLE

  1. <I'd go nuts if I had to endure the rattle of that bottling plant every day.>

First Known Use of RATTLE

1519

Rhymes with RATTLE

3rattle

transitive verb
rat·tledrat·tling \ˈrat-liŋ, ˈra-təl-iŋ\

Definition of RATTLE

:  to furnish with ratlines

Origin of RATTLE

irregular from ratline
First Known Use: 1729

rat·tle

noun \ˈrat-əl\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of RATTLE

1
: the sound-producing organ on a rattlesnake's tail
2
: a throat noise caused by air passing through mucus; specifically : death rattle—compare rale, rhonchus

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