Origin of rattling
verb (used without object), rat·tled, rat·tling.
verb (used with object), rat·tled, rat·tling.
Origin of rattle1
Synonyms for rattle
verb (used with object), rat·tled, rat·tling. Nautical.
Origin of rattle2
Related Words for rattlingknock, shatter, jar, jolt, bounce, vibrate, shake, disturb, bewilder, faze, frighten, bother, unnerve, confuse, distract, confound, embarrass, scare, sound, jangle
Examples from the Web for rattling
Contemporary Examples of rattling
The concrete building from which the sounds emanate shakes from the impact, rattling the colorful houses on the dirt roads nearby.Rage Against the Ebola Crematorium
November 11, 2014
The serial number was right,” he later said, rattling off, “20314261.The Last American Soldier Executed for Desertion
June 6, 2014
He speaks in broken sentences, punctuated by the sound of rattling and tribal drums.‘Lone Ranger’ Remake and Johnny Depp’s Casting, Never a Good Idea
July 5, 2013
Jeff Zucker blew up CNN on Tuesday, rattling nerves throughout the network.More Heads to Roll at CNN
January 29, 2013
Plus, Shirley MacLaine tells Sandra McElwaine how she's rattling Downton Abbey.‘Downton Abbey’ Season 3 Review: A Return to Form
January 3, 2013
Historical Examples of rattling
Josie is rattling volubly, but with a hint of the confidential in her tone.The Fortune Hunter
Louis Joseph Vance
It seemed to him that something was rattling behind him along the wall.Casanova's Homecoming
On they went, rattling and jingling along the road till they came to the tree.The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood
Laura Ann was rattling stove-lids at the other end of the kitchen.Four Girls and a Compact
Annie Hamilton Donnell
They struggled in this manner with a rattling in their throats, writhing in the horror of their caresses.Therese Raquin
Word Origin for rattle
Word Origin for rattle
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.