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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Earthquakes count as California culture, and yikes, the San Jose area got a rattler. Rosanna Xiastaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 26 Oct. 2022 Judon is a terror off the edge and Bentley is a teeth-rattler inside. Jim Mcbride, BostonGlobe.com, 7 Sep. 2022 On more than one occasion he's found himself under a house or a trailer in the wee hours of darkness tracking down a copperhead or rattler that needs to be moved. Emily Willingham, Scientific American, 23 Aug. 2022 Hanna explored the grounds outside, soon ending up in front of the first rattler. Jim Carlton, WSJ, 16 Aug. 2022 Pygmy rattlesnake From the biggest rattler in Alabama to the smallest. Dennis Pillion | Dpillion@al.com, al, 1 Aug. 2022 The wranglers also get many calls for rattlesnakes, particularly the common Southern Pacific rattler and the rare red diamond variety. San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 Apr. 2022 Coming to the world’s biggest theater stage in such grand fashion—while representing the city that birthed her, no less—was a bit of a nerve-rattler for the actress. Rivea Ruff, Essence, 16 Mar. 2022 Laura Kipnis likes to be a cage rattler, a fly in the ointment, a poker of hornet’s nests. Christopher Borrelli, chicagotribune.com, 14 Feb. 2022 See More

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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 8 Dec. 2022.

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