rattle

1
[rat-l]

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

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

noun


Origin of rattle

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

Synonyms for rattle

rattle

2
[rat-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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Examples from the Web for rattled

Contemporary Examples of rattled

Historical Examples of rattled

  • I might have paid them at the time, but it was all so unexpected and so sudden,—it rattled me, quite.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • He rattled the snaffle in his mouth with nervous indecision—he had a notion to try it.

    Thoroughbreds

    W. A. Fraser

  • Suddenly she dropped the brush; it rattled and spun on the polished floor.

  • Then Massot rattled on, telling all there was to tell about Fonsegue.

  • Furious blasts clutched at the windows, and rattled them like castanets.

    The Green Satin Gown

    Laura E. Richards


British Dictionary definitions for rattled

Rattle

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

rattle

1

verb

to make or cause to make a rapid succession of short sharp sounds, as of loose pellets colliding when shaken in a container
to shake or cause to shake with such a soundthe explosion rattled the windows
to send, move, drive, etc, with such a soundthe car rattled along the country road
(intr foll by on) to chatter idly; talk, esp at lengthhe rattled on about his work
(tr ; foll by off, out etc) to recite perfunctorily or rapidly
(tr) informal to disconcert; make frightened or anxious

noun

a rapid succession of short sharp sounds
an object, esp a baby's toy, filled with small pellets that rattle when shaken
a series of loosely connected horny segments on the tail of a rattlesnake, vibrated to produce a rattling sound
any of various European scrophulariaceous plants having a capsule in which the seeds rattle, such as Pedicularis palustris (red rattle) and Rhinanthus minor (yellow rattle)
idle chatter
an idle chatterer
med another name for rale

Word Origin for rattle

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

rattle

2

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
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Word Origin and History for rattled

rattle

v.

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.

rattle

n.

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.

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