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rattlepate

[rat-l-peyt] /ˈræt lˌpeɪt/
noun
1.
a rattlebrain.
Origin of rattlepate
1635-1645
First recorded in 1635-45; rattle1 + pate
Related forms
rattlepated, adjective
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  • She was unquestionably what she had confessed herself to be—a rattlepate.

    The Wrong Twin Harry Leon Wilson
  • But whod ever have expected that rattlepate to think out everything as he has done?

    The Last of the Flatboats George Cary Eggleston

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