rattle

1
[ rat-l ]
/ ˈræt l /

verb (used without object), rat·tled, rat·tling.

verb (used with object), rat·tled, rat·tling.

noun


Nearby words

  1. rattan,
  2. ratteen,
  3. ratter,
  4. rattigan,
  5. rattish,
  6. rattle off,
  7. rattle-bush,
  8. rattlebox,
  9. rattlebrain,
  10. rattlebrained

Origin of rattle

1
1250–1300; Middle English ratelen (v.), ratele (noun) (cognate with Dutch ratelen, German rasseln); imitative

rattle

2
[ rat-l ]
/ ˈræt l /

verb (used with object), rat·tled, rat·tling. Nautical.

to furnish with ratlines (usually followed by down).

Origin of rattle

2
1720–30; back formation from ratling ratline (taken as verbal noun)

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British Dictionary definitions for rattle

rattle

1
/ (ˈrætəl) /

verb

noun

Word Origin for rattle

C14: from Middle Dutch ratelen; related to Middle High German razzen, of imitative origin

verb

(tr often foll by down) to fit (a vessel or its rigging) with ratlines

Word Origin for rattle

C18: back formation from rattling, variant of ratline

Rattle

/ (ˈrætəl) /

noun

Sir Simon . born 1955, English conductor. Principal conductor (1980–91) and music director (1991–98) of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra; chief conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra from 2002
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Word Origin and History for rattle
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