rattling

adjective
rat·​tling | \ ˈrat-liŋ How to pronounce rattling (audio) \

Definition of rattling

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : lively, brisk moved at a rattling pace
2 : extraordinarily good : splendid

rattling

adverb

Definition of rattling (Entry 2 of 2)

: to an extreme degree : very a rattling good story

Other Words from rattling

Adjective

rattlingly \ ˈrat-​liŋ-​lē How to pronounce rattling (audio) \ adverb

Examples of rattling in a Sentence

Adjective we drove off at a rattling pace
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective 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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First Known Use of rattling

Adjective

1600, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adverb

1828, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of rattling was in 1600

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“Rattling.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rattling. Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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