tending to rattle; making or having a rattling sound.

Origin of rattly

First recorded in 1880–85; rattle1 + -y1
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Examples from the Web for rattly

Historical Examples of rattly

  • Then you did the treasures up that way, in thin, rattly paper like that.

    The Very Small Person

    Annie Hamilton Donnell

  • The rather feeble lights of the rattly old car did little to illumine the well of darkness in which they were riding.

  • It was just like a lock was bein' picked, or a rattly old window bein' slid up by inches.

    Old Caravan Days

    Mary Hartwell Catherwood

  • I didnt know much about it but we could ride about at night in his rattly old car, and every now and then hed stop and say: See!

  • "Rattly Robot," a dull-witted mechanical clod who was continually falling over himself and getting into trouble.

    The Velvet Glove

    Harry Harrison

British Dictionary definitions for rattly


adjective -tlier or -tliest

having a rattle; rattling
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