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 rattledknock, shatter, jar, jolt, bounce, vibrate, shake, disturb, bewilder, faze, frighten, bother, unnerve, confuse, distract, confound, embarrass, scare, sound, jangle
Examples from the Web for rattled
Contemporary Examples of 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?
October 17, 2014
He admitted that repeated questions about the currency and the economy had rattled voters.Scots Must Choose Heart or Head
September 18, 2014
The crisis in neighbouring Ukraine has rattled Alexander Lukashenko's authoritarian regime.The Daily Beast’s Best Longreads, June 14, 2014
The Daily Beast
June 14, 2014
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
April 28, 2014
Rattled, Harris fled to New York, leaving his vast estate to his protégé.The Grape King from Shogunate Japan
Debra A. Klein
April 3, 2014
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.The Incomplete Amorist
Then Massot rattled on, telling all there was to tell about Fonsegue.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
Furious blasts clutched at the windows, and rattled them like castanets.The Green Satin Gown
Laura E. Richards
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.