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rattling

adjective

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(Entry 1 of 3)

moving, proceeding, or acting with great speed
  • we drove off at a rattling pace

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rattling

adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms of rattling (Entry 2 of 3)

to a great degree
  • a rattling good storyteller

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rattling

verb
present participle of rattle

Synonyms & Antonyms of rattling (Entry 3 of 3)

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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The first known use of rattling was in 1600

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“Rattling.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/rattling. Accessed 1 Dec. 2021.

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