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 There’s a landscape in lovely violets and purples with a rattler or two. Dianne Solis, Dallas News, "A West Dallas mural fest welcomes viewers for drive-by viewing, pandemic relief," 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, "The World’s Deadliest Snakes," 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, "Gerth: Arrest pastors who hold services in a pandemic and padlock their church doors. Now," 10 Apr. 2020 The diplomats bought time but never succeeded in disarming the angry saber-rattlers in Pyongyang. Washington Post, "America’s history of preparing for, and trying to avoid, nuclear war," 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, "Rare, two-headed rattlesnake found in New Jersey, 'probably wouldn't survive in the wild'," 6 Sep. 2019 Herpetological Associates is caring for the rattler. Fox News, "Rare, two-headed rattlesnake found in New Jersey, 'probably wouldn't survive in the wild'," 6 Sep. 2019 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

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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 18 May. 2021.

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