or rat-a-tat-tat

[rat-uh-tat or rat-uh-tat-tat]


a sound of knocking or rapping: a sharp rat-a-tat on the window.

Origin of rat-a-tat

First recorded in 1675–85; imitative
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Word Origin and History for rat-a-tat

1680s, echoic, originally of a cooper hammering tubs.

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