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[rat-lee] /ˈræt li/
tending to rattle; making or having a rattling sound.
Origin of rattly
First recorded in 1880-85; rattle1 + -y1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Then you did the treasures up that way, in thin, rattly paper like that.

    The Very Small Person Annie Hamilton Donnell
  • The rather feeble lights of the rattly old car did little to illumine the well of darkness in which they were riding.

  • It was just like a lock was bein' picked, or a rattly old window bein' slid up by inches.

    Old Caravan Days Mary Hartwell Catherwood
  • I didnt know much about it but we could ride about at night in his rattly old car, and every now and then hed stop and say: See!

  • "rattly Robot," a dull-witted mechanical clod who was continually falling over himself and getting into trouble.

    The Velvet Glove Harry Harrison
British Dictionary definitions for rattly


adjective -tlier, -tliest
having a rattle; rattling
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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