verb (used without object), rat·tled, rat·tling.
verb (used with object), rat·tled, rat·tling.
- rattle off,
Origin of rattle1
verb (used with object), rat·tled, rat·tling. Nautical.
Origin of rattle2
Examples from the Web for 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.
Their hope was to rattle the newcomer, but the incident just embarrassed the incumbent.
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|Howard Wolfson|February 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Marlow Stern|July 11, 2013|DAILY BEAST
If nothing else, Silvio Berlusconi knows how to rattle a saber.
There is a snake among the lodges of the Upsaroka; a hidden snake, that will bite before its rattle is heard.The Prairie-Bird|Charles Augustus Murray
The rattle is situated at the end of the tail, and consists of several hard, dry, bony processes.The Desert World|Arthur Mangin
The south stand was cheering and singing wildly in a desperate attempt to rattle the Erskine captain.Behind the Line|Ralph Henry Barbour
The rattle of the peloton fire came irregularly from above, among the rocks of St. Andr.A Tatter of Scarlet|S. R. Crockett
Occasionally there is a bit of a rattle—that's shrapnel bullets falling on the tiles of an outhouse.Adventures of a Despatch Rider|W. H. L. Watson
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.