rat·​tler ˈrat-lər How to pronounce rattler (audio)
: one that rattles

Examples of rattler in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Two tendencies make the timber rattler particularly vulnerable. Thomas Palmer, Discover Magazine, 11 Nov. 2019 Timber rattlers, although big, are not the biggest rattlers. Thomas Palmer, Discover Magazine, 11 Nov. 2019 Wednesday's rattler ranked as the fifth most powerful earthquake to occur in Texas. Bill Hutchinson, ABC News, 8 Nov. 2023 Editor’s picks But even with that bevy of trunk rattlers on the project, Westside Gunn isn’t abandoning the Griselda base who helped popularize the label as a wellspring of traditionalist rap. Andre Gee, Rolling Stone, 9 Oct. 2023 There actually were 20 snakes — five adult western diamondback rattlers and 15 babies. CBS News, 15 Sep. 2023 Snake wrangler Marissa Maki found most of the rattlers coiled around the base of a hot water heater in the unidentified homeowner's cluttered garage Tuesday. CBS News, 15 Sep. 2023 Cut a thin strip of dough and wrap around the foil (this will be the rattler). Charlyne Mattox, Country Living, 27 July 2023 Given the numbers of rattlers in the wild, encounters are inevitable (read about one here). Graham Averill, Outside Online, 28 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of rattler was in the 15th century

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“Rattler.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rattler. Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

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rat·​tler ˈrat-lər How to pronounce rattler (audio)

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