rattletrap

[ rat-l-trap ]
/ ˈræt lˌtræp /

noun

a shaky, rattling object, as a rickety vehicle.

Origin of rattletrap

First recorded in 1760–70; rattle1 + trap1
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British Dictionary definitions for rattletrap

rattletrap

/ (ˈrætəlˌtræp) /

noun

informal a broken-down old vehicle, esp an old car
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Word Origin and History for rattletrap

rattletrap


1766, originally a noun, "knick-knacks, trifles, odds and ends," from rattle (adj.) + trap, perhaps in the sense in traps (n.2). Hence, "a shabby, rattling object," especially a rickety coach or other vehicle (1822). The adjectival sense of "rickety" is recorded from 1834.

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