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 rattled
In that book, Hoving made many claims that rattled the gatekeepers of the art world.Are Over Half the Works on the Art Market Really Fakes?|Tom Sykes|October 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He admitted that repeated questions about the currency and the economy had rattled voters.
The crisis in neighbouring Ukraine has rattled Alexander Lukashenko's authoritarian regime.
It was a ghastly tragedy that rattled a nation and became a byword for anti-Semitism in France.A Horror Story of True-Life Anti-Semitism in France|Tracy McNicoll|April 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Rattled, Harris fled to New York, leaving his vast estate to his protégé.
Jack came next, fortunately without dislodging any stones, which might have rattled down and betrayed their proceedings.From Powder Monkey to Admiral|W.H.G. Kingston
Villiam rattled his good sword Escalibar4in its scabbard, and says he, grimly, "We are met together for that purpose."The Orpheus C. Kerr Papers. Series 3|Robert H. Newell
I would have answered him back in his own coin if I hadn't felt so bad about it all, and rattled, besides.Wild Justice: Stories of the South Seas|Lloyd Osbourne
Outside the wind was wailing like the damned, and the rain which had recommenced with new vigour, rattled noisily upon the panes.The Trampling of the Lilies|Rafael Sabatini
And so we rattled on interrupted at intervals by exclamations called forth by England's unique beauty.An American Four-In-Hand in Britain|Andrew Carnegie
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.