- to give out or cause a rapid succession of short, sharp sounds, as in consequence of agitation and repeated concussions: The windows rattled in their frames.
- to move or go, especially rapidly, with such sounds: The car rattled along the highway.
- to talk rapidly; chatter: He rattled on for an hour about his ailments.
- to cause to rattle: He rattled the doorknob violently.
- to drive, send, bring, etc., especially rapidly, with rattling sounds: The wind rattled the metal can across the roadway.
- to utter or perform in a rapid or lively manner: to rattle off a list of complaints.
- to disconcert or confuse (a person): A sudden noise rattled the speaker.
- Hunting. to stir up (a cover).
- a rapid succession of short, sharp sounds, as from the collision of hard bodies.
- an instrument contrived to make a rattling sound, especially a baby's toy filled with small pellets that rattle when shaken.
- the series of horny, interlocking elements at the end of the tail of a rattlesnake, with which it produces a rattling sound.
- a rattling sound in the throat, as the death rattle.
Origin of rattle1
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- to furnish with ratlines (usually followed by down).
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?
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
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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
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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- (tr often foll by down) to fit (a vessel or its rigging) with ratlines
Word Origin and History for rattled
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.