[ rat-l-peyt ]
/ ˈræt lˌpeɪt /


a rattlebrain.

Origin of rattlepate

First recorded in 1635–45; rattle1 + pate

Related forms

rat·tle·pat·ed, adjective
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Examples from the Web for rattlepate

  • She was unquestionably what she had confessed herself to be—a rattlepate.

    The Wrong Twin|Harry Leon Wilson
  • But whod ever have expected that rattlepate to think out everything as he has done?

    The Last of the Flatboats|George Cary Eggleston