Thesaurus

rattle

noun

Synonyms & Antonyms of rattle

(Entry 1 of 2)

loud, confused, and usually inharmonious sound
  • I'd go nuts if I had to endure the rattle of that bottling plant every day

Synonyms for rattle

Words Related to rattle

Near Antonyms for rattle

Antonyms for rattle

rattle

verb

Synonyms & Antonyms of rattle (Entry 2 of 2)

1 to make a series of short sharp noises
  • the children tromped through the kitchen, making the plates on the shelf rattle

Synonyms for rattle

Words Related to rattle

2 to engage in casual or rambling conversation
  • busily rattling away about our vacation plans, we didn't listen to the announcements and missed our flight

Synonyms for rattle

Words Related to rattle

Phrases Synonymous with rattle

3 to talk at length without sticking to a topic or getting to a point
  • she rattled on and on about all her European shopping trips, but I wasn't really listening

Synonyms for rattle

Words Related to rattle

Phrases Synonymous with rattle

4 to throw into a state of self-conscious distress
  • don't let a little mistake rattle you while you're playing during the piano recital

Synonyms for rattle

Words Related to rattle

Near Antonyms for rattle

See the Dictionary Definition 

Frequently Asked Questions About rattle

How does the verb rattle contrast with its synonyms?

Some common synonyms of rattle are abash, discomfit, disconcert, and embarrass. While all these words mean "to distress by confusing or confounding," rattle implies an agitation that impairs thought and judgment.

rattled by all the television cameras

When might abash be a better fit than rattle?

Although the words abash and rattle have much in common, abash presupposes some initial self-confidence that receives a sudden check, producing shyness, shame, or a feeling of inferiority.

abashed by her swift and cutting retort

When could discomfit be used to replace rattle?

While in some cases nearly identical to rattle, discomfit implies a hampering or frustrating accompanied by confusion.

hecklers discomfited the speaker

When is disconcert a more appropriate choice than rattle?

The words disconcert and rattle are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, disconcert implies an upsetting of equanimity or assurance producing uncertainty or hesitancy.

disconcerted by finding so many in attendance

When would embarrass be a good substitute for rattle?

In some situations, the words embarrass and rattle are roughly equivalent. However, embarrass implies some influence that impedes thought, speech, or action.

the question embarrassed her so much she couldn't answer

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about rattle

Time Traveler for rattle

Time Traveler

The first known use of rattle was in the 14th century

See more words from the same century

Cite this Entry

“Rattle.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/rattle. Accessed 29 Sep. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on rattle

Dictionary: Definition of rattle

Medical Dictionary: Definition of rattle

Nglish: Translation of rattle for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of rattle for Arabic Speakers

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about rattle

Comments on rattle

What made you want to look up rattle? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Challenging Vocabulary Quiz Returns!

  • stylized drawing of woman pole vaulting across gap to get trophy
  • Which is a synonym of fuliginous?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!