rat-a-tat

noun
\ ˈra-tə-ˌtat How to pronounce rat-a-tat (audio) \
variants: or rat-a-tat-tat \ ˌra-​tə-​ˌta(t)-​ˈtat How to pronounce rat-a-tat (audio) \

Definition of rat-a-tat

: a rapid succession of knocking, tapping, or cracking sounds

First Known Use of rat-a-tat

1681, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for rat-a-tat

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The first known use of rat-a-tat was in 1681

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“Rat-a-tat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rat-a-tat. Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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rat-a-tat

noun

English Language Learners Definition of rat-a-tat

: a quick series of knocking, tapping, or cracking sounds

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