1 of 2


rat·​tling ˈrat-liŋ How to pronounce rattling (audio)
: lively, brisk
moved at a rattling pace
: extraordinarily good : splendid
rattlingly adverb


2 of 2


: to an extreme degree : very
a rattling good story

Examples of rattling in a Sentence

Adjective we drove off at a rattling pace
Recent Examples on the Web
Here a number of the emigrants who arrived late were stowed away on a rattling floor of cane, covered with hides. Gary Kamiya, SFChronicle.com, 2 Oct. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use


1600, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1828, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of rattling was in 1600

Dictionary Entries Near rattling

Cite this Entry

“Rattling.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rattling. Accessed 2 Oct. 2023.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 adjective
rat·​tling ˈrat-liŋ How to pronounce rattling (audio)
: very brisk : lively
going at a rattling pace


2 of 2 adverb
: very entry 2 sense 1
a rattling good tale

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