- a rattlesnake.
- a person or thing that rattles.
- Informal. a fast freight train.
Origin of rattler
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Examples from the Web for rattler
There was not a stick in sight, and not a stone bigger than a hazelnut; but there was the rattler.A Woman Tenderfoot
Grace Gallatin Seton-Thompson
I guessed a rattler, or a bear, or—or something had got busy scaring you to death.The Law-Breakers
Jasper Swope had whirled back from the blow as a rattler throws his coils.Hidden Water
I bought the Brantlock Ranch from you the other day, Rattler.The Spoilers of the Valley
I could feel that rattler on my arm all the way to Lake Tahoe.Vigorish
Gordon Randall Garrett
- something that rattles
- mainly US and Canadian an informal name for rattlesnake
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Word Origin and History for rattler
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