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Definition of Rattle


  1. To make a quick succession of sharp, inharmonious noises, as by the collision of hard and not very sonorous bodies shaken together; to clatter.
  2. To drive or ride briskly, so as to make a clattering; as, we rattled along for a couple of miles.
  3. To make a clatter with the voice; to talk rapidly and idly; to clatter; -- with on or away; as, she rattled on for an hour.
  4. To cause to make a rattling or clattering sound; as, to rattle a chain.
  5. To assail, annoy, or stun with a rattling noise.
  6. Hence, to disconcert; to confuse; as, to rattle one's judgment; to rattle a player in a game.
  7. To scold; to rail at.
  8. A rapid succession of sharp, clattering sounds; as, the rattle of a drum.
  9. Noisy, rapid talk.
  10. An instrument with which a rattling sound is made; especially, a child's toy that rattles when shaken.
  11. A noisy, senseless talker; a jabberer.
  12. A scolding; a sharp rebuke.
  13. Any organ of an animal having a structure adapted to produce a rattling sound.
  14. The noise in the throat produced by the air in passing through mucus which the lungs are unable to expel; -- chiefly observable at the approach of death, when it is called the death rattle. See R/le.

Rattle Quotations

Miami is a melting pot in which none of the stones melt. They rattle around.
Tom Wolfe

Will the people in the cheaper seats clap your hands? And the rest of you, if you'll just rattle your jewelry.
John Lennon

There are two dilemmas that rattle the human skull: How do you hang on to someone who won't stay? And how do you get rid of someone who won't go?
Danny DeVito

My last album as J. Tillman, 'Singing Ax,' that was really a premeditated death rattle of the aesthetic precedent I had set. I realized I wasn't creating spontaneously; I was enforcing all these parameters. I was too self-loathing or something, and there was this obvious dissonance between my conversational voice and creative voice.
J. Tillman

You have to be a brat in order to carve out your parameters, and you have to be a monster to anyone who gets in your way. But sometimes it's difficult to know when that's necessary and when you're just being a baby, throwing your rattle from the cage.
Paul Thomas Anderson
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Rattle Translations

rattle in Afrikaans is klik
rattle in Dutch is klakken, klappen, kletteren, klikken
rattle in German is rasseln, geknatter, scheppern
rattle in Latin is crepundia
rattle in Portuguese is chocalho
rattle in Spanish is charla
rattle in Swedish is skramla, skallra, rassla, rossla, rossling
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