1 of 2

intransitive verb

dialectal, British
: rattle


2 of 2


plural -s
dialectal, British
: rattle
specifically : death rattle

Word History


Intransitive verb

Middle English rutelen; akin to Middle English ratelen to rattle

First Known Use

Intransitive Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined above


1713, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ruttle was in the 14th century

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“Ruttle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2024.

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