• IPA: /ˈɹæt.l̩/

rattle (plural rattles)

  1. (onomatopoeia) a sound made by loose objects shaking or vibrating against one another.
    I wish they would fix the rattle under my dashboard.
    • The rattle of a drum.
  2. A baby’s toy designed to make sound when shaken, usually containing loose grains or pellets in a hollow container.
    • 1733, [Alexander Pope], An Essay on Man. […], (please specify ), London: Printed for J[ohn] Wilford, […], OCLC 960856019 ↗:
  3. A device that makes a rattling sound such as put on an animal so its location can be heard.
  4. (musical instruments) A musical instrument that makes a rattling sound.
    • The rattles of Isis and the cymbals of Brasilea nearly enough resemble each other.
  5. (dated) Noisy, rapid talk.
    • All this ado about the golden age is but an empty rattle and frivolous conceit.
  6. (now, rare) Trivial chatter; gossip.
    • 1782, Frances Burney, Cecilia, III.v.5:
      “And pray where, Lady Honoria,” cried Mrs. Delvile, “do you contrive to pick up all this rattle?”
  7. (dated) A noisy, senseless talker; a jabberer.
    • 1911, Thomas Babington Macaulay, “[https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/1911_Encyclop%C3%A6dia_Britannica/Goldsmith,_Oliver Goldsmith, Oliver]”, in 1911 Encyclopædia Britannica:
      It may seem strange that a man who wrote with so much perspicuity, vivacity, and grace, should have been, whenever he took a part in conversation, an empty, noisy, blundering rattle.
  8. A scolding; a sharp rebuke.
  9. (zoology) Any organ of an animal having a structure adapted to produce a rattling sound.
    The rattle of the rattlesnake is composed of the hardened terminal scales, loosened in succession, but not cast off, and modified in form so as to make a series of loose, hollow joints.
  10. The noise in the throat produced by the air in passing through mucus which the lungs are unable to expel; death rattle.
  11. Any plant of the genus Rhinanthus, whose seeds produce a rattling noise in the wind.
Translations Translations Translations
  • Portuguese: chocalho
  • Russian: колоту́шка
  • Portuguese: chocalho
  • Russian: трещо́тка
Translations Translations
  • Portuguese: matraca
  • Russian: болту́н
Translations Translations Verb

rattle (rattles, present participle rattling; past and past participle rattled)

  1. (transitive, ergative) To create a rattling sound by shaking or striking.
    to rattle a chain
    Rattle the can of cat treats if you need to find Fluffy.
  2. (transitive, informal) To scare, startle, unsettle, or unnerve.
    • “Tut!” said old Bittlesham. “Tut is right”, I agreed. Then the rumminess of the thing struck me. “But if you haven’t dropped a parcel over the race,” I said, “why are you looking so rattled?”
    • 2014, Richard Rae, "Manchester United humbled by MK Dons after Will Grigg hits double ↗", The Guardian, 26 August 2014:
      That United were rattled, mentally as well as at times physically – legitimately so – was beyond question. Nick Powell clipped a crisp drive a foot over the bar, but otherwise Milton Keynes had the best of the remainder of the first half.
  3. (intransitive) To make a rattling noise; to make noise by or from shaking.
    I wish the dashboard in my car would quit rattling.
  4. (transitive, obsolete) To assail, annoy, or stun with a ratting noise.
    • c. 1596, William Shakespeare, “The Life and Death of King Iohn”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act V, scene ii]:
      Sound but another [drum], and another shall / As loud as thine rattle the welkin’s ear.
  5. (transitive, obsolete) To scold; to rail at.
  6. To drive or ride briskly, so as to make a clattering.
    We rattled along for a couple of miles.
  7. To make a clatter with one's voice; to talk rapidly and idly; often with on or away.
    She rattled on for an hour.
Translations Translations Translations
  • Portuguese: chocalhar, chacoalhar
  • Russian: треща́ть

rattle (plural rattles)

  1. (historical units of measure) Alternative form of rottol#English|rottol: a former Middle Eastern and North African unit of dry weight usually equal to 1–5 lb (0.5–2.5 kg).

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