What does rattle mean?

Definitions for rattle
ˈræt lrat·tle

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. rattle, rattling, ralenoun

    a rapid series of short loud sounds (as might be heard with a stethoscope in some types of respiratory disorders)

    "the death rattle"

  2. rattlenoun

    a baby's toy that makes percussive noises when shaken

  3. rattleverb

    loosely connected horny sections at the end of a rattlesnake's tail

  4. rattleverb

    make short successive sounds

  5. rattleverb

    shake and cause to make a rattling noise


  1. rattlenoun

    a sound made by loose objects shaking or vibrating against one another

    I wish they would fix the rattle under my dashboard.

  2. rattlenoun

    a baby's toy designed to make sound when shaken, usually containing loose grains or pellets in a hollow container

  3. rattleverb

    To create a sound by shaking.

    Rattle the can of cat treats if you need to find Fluffy.

  4. rattleverb

    To scare, startle, unsettle, or unnerve.

    The accident really rattled him.

  5. rattleverb

    To cause something to make a rattling sound by hitting it.

  6. rattleverb

    To make a rattling noise; to make noise by or from shaking.

    I wish the dashboard in my car would quit rattling.

  7. Etymology: . Toy named after sound.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Rattlenoun

    Etymology: from the verb.

    I’ll hold ten pound my dream is out;
    I’d tell it you but for the rattle
    Of those confounded drums. Matthew Prior.

    All this ado about the golden age, is but an empty rattle and frivolous conceit. George Hakewill, on Providence.

    The rattles of Isis and the cymbals of Brasilea nearly enough resemble each other. Walter Raleigh, History of the World.

    They had, to affright the enemies horses, big rattles covered with parchment and small stones within. John Hayward.

    Opinions are the rattles of immature intellects, but the advanced reasons have outgrown them. Joseph Glanvill, Sceps.

    They want no rattles for their froward mood,
    Nor nurse to reconcile them to their food. Dryden.

    Farewel then verse, and love, and ev’ry toy,
    The rhymes and rattles of the man or boy;
    What right, what true, what fit we justly call,
    Let this be all my care; for this is all. Alexander Pope.

  2. To Rattleverb

    Her chains she rattles, and her whip she shakes. Dryden.

    Sound but another, and another shall,
    As loud as thine, rattle the welkin’s ear,
    And mock the deep-mouth’d thunder. William Shakespeare.

    He should be well enough able to scatter the Irish as a flight of birds, and rattle away this swarm of bees with their king. Francis Bacon, Henry VII.

    Hearing Æsop had been beforehand, he sent for him in a rage, and rattled him with a thousand traitors and villains for robbing his house. Roger L'Estrange.

    She that would sometimes rattle off her servants pretty sharply, now if she saw them drunk, never took any notice. John Arbuthnot, History of John Bull.

  3. To Rattleverb

    Etymology: ratelen, Dutch.

    The quiver rattleth against him. Job xxxix. 23.

    The noise of a whip, of the rattling of the wheels, of prancing horses, and of the jumping chariots. Nah. iii. 2.

    They had, to affright the enemies horses, big rattles covered with parchment, and small stones within; but the rattling of shot might have done better service. John Hayward.

    He was too warm on picking work to dwell;
    He fagoted his notions as they fell,
    And if they rhym’d and rattled all was well. Dryden.

    There she assembles all her blackest storms,
    And the rude hail in rattling tempest forms. Addison.

    With jealous eyes at distance she had seen
    Whisp’ring with Jove the silver-footed queen;
    Then, impotent of tongue, her silence broke,
    Thus turbulent in rattling tone she spoke. Dryden.

    He is a man of pleasure, and a free-thinker; he is an assertor of liberty and property; he rattles it out against popery. Jonathan Swift.



    Rattle is a quarterly poetry magazine founded in 1994, published in Los Angeles in the United States.It publishes poems both by established writers, such as Philip Levine, Jane Hirshfield, Billy Collins, Sharon Olds, Gregory Orr, Patricia Smith, and Anis Mojgani, and by new and emerging poets. Poems from the magazine have been reprinted in The Best American Poetry and Pushcart Prize anthologies. According to the magazine's website, "Rattle is pretty simple: We love poetry and feel that it's something everyone can enjoy. We look for poems that are accessible, that have heart, that have something to say."Each issue is themed to honour a particular community of poets, such as teachers, slam poets, or, most recently, Los Angeles poets. Interviews with contemporary poets are also a staple. Though primarily dedicated to its print issues, the magazine's website also hosts other material, including audio archives and reviews of contemporary poetry.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Rattleverb

    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. Rattleverb

    to drive or ride briskly, so as to make a clattering; as, we rattled along for a couple of miles

  3. Rattleverb

    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. Rattleverb

    to cause to make a rattling or clattering sound; as, to rattle a chain

  5. Rattleverb

    to assail, annoy, or stun with a rattling noise

  6. Rattleverb

    hence, to disconcert; to confuse; as, to rattle one's judgment; to rattle a player in a game

  7. Rattleverb

    to scold; to rail at

  8. Rattlenoun

    a rapid succession of sharp, clattering sounds; as, the rattle of a drum

  9. Rattlenoun

    noisy, rapid talk

  10. Rattlenoun

    an instrument with which a rattling sound is made; especially, a child's toy that rattles when shaken

  11. Rattlenoun

    a noisy, senseless talker; a jabberer

  12. Rattlenoun

    a scolding; a sharp rebuke

  13. Rattlenoun

    any organ of an animal having a structure adapted to produce a rattling sound

  14. Rattlenoun

    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

  15. Etymology: [Akin to D. ratelen, G. rasseln, AS. hrtele a rattle, in hrtelwyrt rattlewort; cf. Gr. kradai`nein to swing, wave. Cf. Rail a bird.]


  1. rattle

    A rattle is a type of percussion instrument which produces a sound when shaken. Rattles are described in the Hornbostel–Sachs system as Shaken Idiophones or Rattles. Rattles include: ⁕Maracas, widely used in Cha Cha Cha and jazz. ⁕The egg-shaped plastic chicken shake, filled with steel shot and available in varying tones depending on the size and quantity of shot. ⁕Folk instruments especially used in ceremonial dance. ⁕Toy rattles for infants.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Rattle

    rat′l, v.i. to clatter: to move along rapidly, with a clattering noise: to speak eagerly and noisily.—v.t. to cause to make a clatter: to stun with noise: to speak rapidly: to scold loudly.—n. a sharp noise rapidly repeated, as the death-rattle: a clatter: loud empty talk: loud scolding: a toy or instrument for rattling: a brisk jabberer: an annual meadow herb: a lousewort.—adjs. Ratt′le-brained, -head′ed, -pat′ed, noisy: giddy: unsteady.—ns. Ratt′le-mouse, a bat; Ratt′lepate, a noisy chatterer; Ratt′ler, a loud, inconsiderate talker: (coll.) a stunning blow: (coll.) an impudent lie; Ratt′lesnake, a poisonous snake having a number of hard, bony rings loosely jointed at the end of the tail, which make a rattling noise; Ratt′lesnake-grass, an American grass; Ratt′lesnake-mas′ter, -root, an American plant reputed to cure the bite of a rattlesnake; Ratt′lesnake-weed, a hawk-weed of the United States; Ratt′le-trap, a rickety vehicle; Ratt′lewort, a plant of genus Crotalaria; Ratt′ling, a clattering: railing.—adj. making a rattle: smart, lively: (coll.) strikingly great. [A.S. hrætele, hratele, a plant—from the rattling of the seeds in the capsules; Ger. rasseln, Dut. ratelen, to rattle.]


  1. Rattle

    Rattle.me is a non-interruptive extensible communications platform. Exact details of service is currently under wraps.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Rattle is ranked #138304 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Rattle surname appeared 121 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Rattle.

    73.5% or 89 total occurrences were White.
    24.7% or 30 total occurrences were Black.

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Anagrams for rattle »

  1. latter

  2. tarlet

  3. Tatler

  4. artlet

  5. tartle

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of rattle in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of rattle in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of rattle in a Sentence

  1. Vishnu Varathan:

    This is going to drag on until they can all come to the table and agree to even the playing field. But the unpredictability of the situation continues to rattle the markets.

  2. Vishnu Varathan:

    There certainly is going to be pronounced risks mainly because we've now moved on to the tit-for-tat-for-tit phase of it, this is going to drag on until they can all come to the table and agree to even the playing field. But the unpredictability of the situation continues to rattle the markets.

  3. Ihssane Mounir:

    Does it rattle people? Yes it rattles people. Nobody likes that. Airplanes make money when they are in the air; they don't make money when they are on the ground, i haven't seen any slowdown in sales right now. These are growing and teething pains for any product.

  4. Andre Bakhos:

    Anytime we have events like that, it tends to rattle investors because of the uncertainty of what it all means, it creates a cause for a pause until investors get more information.

  5. Designer Michael Kors:

    Although hunger is a huge problem, it's a solvable one. If we can make some noise, rattle the pots and pans so to speak... we can make people know that they can make a difference.

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  • дрънкулкаBulgarian
  • rangle, rasleDanish
  • Klapper, RasselGerman
  • matraca, enervar, sonaja, inquietar, sonajeroSpanish
  • läpättäjä, ravistella, korina, säikäyttää, helistin, läpätys, jäkättäjä, kalista, kalistella, helistä, kalina, helistää, tyrmäys, räpätys, kolista, kolistella, kolina, räpättäjä, helinä, kalistin, jäkätysFinnish
  • hochetFrench
  • axóuxereGalician
  • csörgőHungarian
  • sonaglioItalian
  • tātara, tatetate, hue rarā, pātētē, rarā, whakararā, tatangi, kākaraMāori
  • rammelaarDutch
  • skrangle, rasle, rangleNorwegian
  • aghááłNavajo, Navaho
  • grzechotka, grzechotaniePolish
  • chocalhoPortuguese
  • потрещать, погремушка, трещать, дребезжание, треснуть, прогрохотать, греметь, дребезжать, грохот, трещотка, прогреметь, треск, стук, грохотатьRussian
  • klopot, čegrtaljka, ropac, klopotac, klepet, hropac, zvečkaSerbo-Croatian
  • skramla, göra nervös, skrämma, skaka om, rassel, rassla, skaka, skallraSwedish
  • kayambaSwahili
  • สั่นThai

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