View synonyms for rattling


[ rat-ling ]


  1. that rattles: rattle:

    a rattling door.

  2. remarkably good, lively, or fast:

    a rattling talk; a rattling gallop.


  1. very:

    a rattling good time.


/ ˈrætlɪŋ /


  1. informal.
    (intensifier qualifying something good, fine, pleasant, etc)

    a rattling good lunch

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Other Words From

  • rattling·ly adverb

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Word History and Origins

Origin of rattling1

1350–1400; Middle English ratelinge; rattle 1, -ing 2

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Example Sentences

Meanwhile, the Kremlin’s saber-rattling has caused the national currency, the hryvnia, to plunge to a four-year low against the dollar.

From Time

That’s a little rattling for someone who considers himself to be smarter, savvier, and much more together than Cassie.

From Vox

This was in 1964, and Hawking is now 72, and still rattling the cosmos.

“At that moment it was new and understandably rattling to him,” Condon says.

The concrete building from which the sounds emanate shakes from the impact, rattling the colorful houses on the dirt roads nearby.

The serial number was right,” he later said, rattling off, “20314261.

In time we will know if this was nothing more than sabre rattling or an all out war for control of the GOP.

Mrs. Towne has every thing so delicious, Sue was rattling on; such perfumes and such silks and such jewels.

More boats and smacks arrive; the rattling of anchors and chain cables is heard in all directions.

They have put her in the hood, and the next instant they are rattling away to the Panthéon for supper.

There was a ceaseless chorus of distant machinery, and above it rose the grinding and rattling solo of a steam winch.

Lamb stopped rattling the coins in his pocket suggestively, kept them there, and strolled toward the main entrance.