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

Definition of rattler

1 : one that rattles

Examples of rattler in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web So far, there have been 86 rattler bites reported, compared with 75 in the first half of 2020 and 71 during the same span in 2019, said Lizbeth Petty, a public health educator with the North Texas center. Kelli Smith, Dallas News, 15 July 2021 In 2019, Metallica returned to Bama for their first concert here in 26 years, a memorable roof-rattler at Birmingham’s BJCC Legacy Arena. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al, 23 June 2021 The rattler, a venomous snake, was taken to a wildlife facility, the organization said in a tweet. Washington Post, 16 June 2021 There’s a landscape in lovely violets and purples with a rattler or two. Dianne Solis, Dallas News, 23 Oct. 2020 However, its venom is a so-so hemotoxin, and while there’s a lot of it, and it gets delivered via long fangs, the North American vacancy must go to its much smaller, bad-tempered cousin, the Mojave rattler. David E. Petzal, Field & Stream, 30 June 2020 The mountain preachers who will pick up cottonmouths and rattlers and sway around the altar just daring God to let one of those serpents strike. Joseph Gerth, The Courier-Journal, 10 Apr. 2020 The diplomats bought time but never succeeded in disarming the angry saber-rattlers in Pyongyang. Washington Post, 31 Jan. 2020 The rattler, a newborn, was spotted in the Pine Barrens on Aug. 25 by two employees with the Herpetological Associates of Burlington County, NJ Advance Media reported. Fox News, 6 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of rattler

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Rattler.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rattler. Accessed 17 Sep. 2021.

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