- a sound of or as of the beating of a drum.
- to produce such a sound.
Origin of rataplan
1840–50; < French; imitative
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Examples from the Web for rataplan
Not the best suited for little Mabsy; but she'll catch at the Rataplan.One of Our Conquerors, Complete
Then she laughed, and drummed the rataplan again with her brass heel.Under Two Flags
Ouida [Louise de la Ramee]
I had a moment of triumph also when we sang the Rataplan, rataplan.Memoirs of an American Prima Donna
Clara Louise Kellogg
They turned in at the Rataplan and drew up at the carriage entrance.
Oh, they were getting on very well indeed when the Rataplan was reached.
- a drumming sound
from French, of imitative origin
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