Definition of the onomatopoeic word ‘rattle’.
- Inflected Form(s):
- rat·tled; rat·tling \ˈrat-liŋ, ˈra-təl-iŋ\
- Middle English ratelen; akin to Middle Dutch ratel rattle
- 14th century
intransitive verb1: to make a rapid succession of short sharp noises <the windows rattled in the wind>2: to chatter incessantly and aimlessly3: to move with a clatter or rattle; also : to be or move about in a place or station too large or grand <rattled around the big old house>transitive verb1: to say, perform, or affect in a brisk lively fashion <rattled off four magnificent backhands — Kim Chapin>2: to cause to make a sound3: ; specifically : to beat (a cover) for game4: to upset especially to the point of loss of poise and composure :
rattle. (2008). In Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary.
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