rat-a-tat

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

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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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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