verb (used without object), rat·tled, rat·tling.
verb (used with object), rat·tled, rat·tling.
Origin of rattle1
Synonyms for rattle
verb (used with object), rat·tled, rat·tling. Nautical.
Origin of rattle2
Related Words for rattleknock, shatter, jar, jolt, bounce, vibrate, shake, disturb, bewilder, faze, frighten, bother, unnerve, confuse, distract, confound, embarrass, scare, sound, jangle
Examples from the Web for rattle
Contemporary Examples of rattle
Rather, the hope is to rattle the cages a bit and make sure that the leadership of the Senate reflects the energy in the ranks.Will Mitch McConnell Face a Senate Coup?
June 5, 2014
Their hope was to rattle the newcomer, but the incident just embarrassed the incumbent.Michael Grimm’s Unhappily Ever After
April 29, 2014
Achtung Baby's ironic astringency was a successful reaction to Rattle and Hum's gauzy sincerity.U2 Drops ‘Invisible’ to Remind You the Band Exists
February 9, 2014
He proceeded to rattle off the names of dozens of notable cast members, urging them to stand for an ovation.Michael B. Jordan of ‘Fruitvale Station,’ Hollywood’s New Leading Man
July 11, 2013
If nothing else, Silvio Berlusconi knows how to rattle a saber.Silvio Berlusconi: The Joker Is Back
Barbie Latza Nadeau
December 6, 2012
Historical Examples of rattle
He awaited, in an agony of suspense, the rattle of the musketry.The Old Manse (From "Mosses From An Old Manse")
All up the Valley the drums' rattle drowned the drone of the locusts in the stubble.In the Valley
Now the rattle of a key in the hall-door was startlingly audible.The Black Bag
Louis Joseph Vance
They also held the oxen's yokes, so that nobody or anything could rattle, or make any noise.Welsh Fairy Tales
William Elliott Griffis
Down it went, at all events, with a rattle that might easily have broken the glass.The Room in the Dragon Volant
J. Sheridan LeFanu
Word Origin for rattle
Word Origin for rattle
c.1300 (intransitive), "To make a quick sharp noise with frequent repetitions and collisions of bodies not very sonorous: when bodies are sonorous, it is called jingling" [Johnson]. Perhaps in Old English but not recorded; if not, from Middle Dutch ratelen, probably of imitative origin (cf. German rasseln "to rattle," Greek kradao "I rattle"). Sense of "utter smartly and rapidly" is late 14c. Meaning "to go along loosely and noisily" is from 1550s. Transitive sense is late 14c.; figurative sense of "fluster" is first recorded 1869. Related: Rattled; rattling.
c.1500, "rapid succession of short, sharp sounds," from rattle (v.). As a child's toy, recorded from 1510s. As a sound made in the throat (especially of one near death) from 1752.