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  1. a shaky, rattling object, as a rickety vehicle.

Origin of rattletrap

First recorded in 1760–70; rattle1 + trap1

Words Nearby rattletrap

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How to use rattletrap in a sentence

  • It is not gallant in Chauncey to permit the lady to appear in such an antiquated rattletrap.

  • They went out through the doors of the waiting room toward a rattletrap vehicle.

    Badge of Infamy | Lester del Rey
  • "Excuse me from ever taking such a long trip again in an old rattletrap of a boat like that," declared Bluff.

  • Emily, I'm thinkin' of fixin' up Uncle Abner's old rattletrap and openin' a boardin'-house for summer folks in it.

    Thankful's Inheritance | Joseph C. Lincoln
  • The medics were injecting a heart stimulant into him and he was vibrating like a rattletrap car racing over a gravel road.

    The Old Die Rich | Horace Leonard Gold

British Dictionary definitions for rattletrap


/ (ˈrætəlˌtræp) /

  1. informal a broken-down old vehicle, esp an old car

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