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rattle

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verb rat·tle \ ˈra-tᵊl \

Definition of rattle

rattled; rattling play \ˈrat-liŋ, ˈra-tᵊl-iŋ\
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

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Origin and Etymology of rattle

Middle English ratelen; akin to Middle Dutch ratel rattle

Synonym Discussion of rattle

embarrass, discomfit, abash, disconcert, rattle mean to distress by confusing or confounding. embarrass implies some influence that impedes thought, speech, or action.
    • The question embarrassed her so much she couldn't answer
discomfit implies a hampering or frustrating accompanied by confusion.
    • Hecklers discomfited the speaker
abash presupposes some initial self-confidence that receives a sudden check, producing shyness, shame, or a feeling of inferiority.
    • abashed by her swift and cutting retort
disconcert implies an upsetting of equanimity or assurance producing uncertainty or hesitancy.
    • disconcerted by finding so many in attendance
rattle implies an agitation that impairs thought and judgment.
    • rattled by all the television cameras

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rattle

noun

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

Examples of rattle in a Sentence

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

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First Known Use of rattle

1519


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rattle

verb

Definition of rattle

rattled; rattling play \ˈrat-liŋ, ˈra-tᵊl-iŋ\
transitive verb
:to furnish with ratlines

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Origin and Etymology of rattle

irregular from ratline



RATTLE Defined for English Language Learners

rattle

noun

Definition of rattle for English Language Learners

  • : 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


RATTLE Defined for Kids

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rattle

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verb rat·tle \ ˈra-tᵊl \

Definition of rattle for Students

rattled; rattling
1 :to make or cause to make a rapid series of short sharp sounds
  • Wind rattled the windows.
2 :to move with a clatter
  • A wagon rattled down the road.
3 :to speak or say quickly or without stopping
  • He rattled off the answers.
4 :to disturb the calmness of :upset
  • The question rattled the speaker.

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rattle

noun

Definition of rattle for Students

1 :a series of short sharp sounds
  • the rattle of dishes
2 :a toy that makes a rattling sound
3 :a part at the end of a rattlesnake's tail that makes a buzzing rattle when shaken

Medical Dictionary

rattle

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noun rat·tle \ ˈrat-ᵊl \

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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