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(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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

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“Rattle.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Sep. 2020.

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