- a sound of knocking or rapping: a sharp rat-a-tat on the window.
Origin of rat-a-tat
Examples from the Web for rat-a-tat-tat
Contemporary Examples of rat-a-tat-tat
A lot of newspaper columns used to be written in a rat-a-tat-tat, fast-paced style—and they tended to be funny.P.J. O’Rourke Joins The Daily Beast
December 17, 2013
Historical Examples of rat-a-tat-tat
So he stopped and tapped on the door, rat-a-tat-tat, very softly, you know.Little Jack Rabbit and Chippy Chipmunk
Each game he started against us he got the old “rat-a-tat-tat.”Pitching in a Pinch
Over by the orchard, he could hear a flicker go "Rat-a-tat-tat," boring away at the old apple tree.Half-Past Seven Stories
Robert Gordon Anderson
Rat-a-tat-tat at the first dim hint of dawn went the chamberlain's knuckles upon the door.Master Skylark
We started to climb the Ridge, and we were just coming through a churchyard when rat-a-tat-tat!Into the Jaws of Death
- the sound of knocking on a door
Word Origin and History for rat-a-tat-tat
1680s, echoic, originally of a cooper hammering tubs.