rat·​tler | \ ˈrat-lər How to pronounce rattler (audio) , ˈra-tᵊl-ər\

Definition of rattler

1 : one that rattles

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This trunk rattler wants to rip your brain through the space-time continuum onto a dance floor of true freedom. Katie Bain, Billboard, "First Spin: The Week's Best New Dance Tracks From Yotto, ATLiens, Jubilee & More," 26 July 2019 But in reality, snakebites occur most frequently when people (and dogs) surprise rattlers while hiking, running or scrambling over rock scree. Tom Stienstra, SFChronicle.com, "Rattlesnake season is here. Be prepared.," 28 June 2019 Bonnell said one dog was bitten by a rattler in the area of Matthews/Winters Park and Red Rocks Park, the other at North Table Mountain Park. John Meyer, The Know, "Rattlesnake season has returned along the Front Range. Here’s what you need to know.," 4 June 2019 However, bigger, louder, more potentially destructive pyrotechnics, such as cherry bombs and the window-rattlers shot through mini-mortars, have long frustrated Costa Mesa residents, especially those living on the Westside. Hillary Davis, Daily Pilot, "Costa Mesa police take fewer than 500 fireworks-related calls over 4th of July holiday season," 18 July 2019 And 1,300 kids get bitten every year, about half by rattlers, with copperhead bites on the rise. Rachel Levin, Sunset, "What to Do If You See a Rattlesnake in the Wild," 22 Jan. 2018 Brooklyn Nets pick Nickeil Alexander-Walker's suit and pants had a Diamondback rattler-style pattern and was sneaky. Matt Wyatt, Houston Chronicle, "NBA Draft transforms into fashion show," 20 June 2019 The Pacific Gophersnake is the most common snake in Northern California and is often mistaken for a rattler. Rebecca Jepsen, The Mercury News, "Love ’em or hate ’em, snakes are good for your garden," 12 June 2019 Local rattlers are pretty docile and don't like conflict, Recchio said. Mary Forgione, latimes.com, "It’s rattlesnake season: 12 things you need to know," 7 June 2019

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First Known Use of rattler

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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