What does rattle mean?

Definitions for rattle
ˈræt lrat·tle

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. rattle, rattling, rale(noun)

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

    "the death rattle"

  2. rattle(noun)

    a baby's toy that makes percussive noises when shaken

  3. rattle(verb)

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

  4. rattle(verb)

    make short successive sounds

  5. rattle(verb)

    shake and cause to make a rattling noise


  1. rattle(Noun)

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

    I wish they would fix the rattle under my dashboard.

  2. rattle(Noun)

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

  3. rattle(Verb)

    To create a sound by shaking.

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

  4. rattle(Verb)

    To scare, startle, unsettle, or unnerve.

    The accident really rattled him.

  5. rattle(Verb)

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

  6. rattle(Verb)

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

    I wish the dashboard in my car would quit rattling.

  7. Origin: . Toy named after sound.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Rattle(verb)

    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. Rattle(verb)

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

  3. Rattle(verb)

    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. Rattle(verb)

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

  5. Rattle(verb)

    to assail, annoy, or stun with a rattling noise

  6. Rattle(verb)

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

  7. Rattle(verb)

    to scold; to rail at

  8. Rattle(noun)

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

  9. Rattle(noun)

    noisy, rapid talk

  10. Rattle(noun)

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

  11. Rattle(noun)

    a noisy, senseless talker; a jabberer

  12. Rattle(noun)

    a scolding; a sharp rebuke

  13. Rattle(noun)

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

  14. Rattle(noun)

    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. Origin: [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

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Editors Contribution

  1. rattle

    A type of toy for a baby or child, created and designed in various colors, materials, sizes and styles and when you move it with your hand it makes a harmonious sound.

    My sister bought a beautiful rattle for the baby with bright colors that makes a beautiful sound and brings joy to the baby when she moves it.

    Submitted by MaryC on September 17, 2015  

Anagrams for rattle »

  1. latter, tarlet, Tatler

  2. Latter

  3. Tatler

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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. John Lennon:

    Would those of you in the cheaper seats clap your hands And the rest of you, if you'll just rattle your jewelry.

  2. Deacon Jones:

    I was the originator of smack. Some guys rattle with smack with other guys it rolls right off their shoulders like nothing.

  3. Danny DeVito:

    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

  4. Roger Rasheed:

    I'd be deliberate about changing the way things look, i'd do little things that actually need to rattle the cage because at the moment everything is in Serena's favor.

  5. 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.

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Translations for rattle

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  • дрънкулкаBulgarian
  • rasle, rangleDanish
  • Rassel, KlapperGerman
  • sonaja, matraca, inquietar, sonajero, enervarSpanish
  • helistin, kolina, räpättäjä, jäkätys, kolistella, helistä, kalistella, kalista, jäkättäjä, korina, läpättäjä, ravistella, säikäyttää, läpätys, kalina, tyrmäys, räpätys, helinä, kalistin, kolista, helistääFinnish
  • hochetFrench
  • axóuxereGalician
  • csörgőHungarian
  • sonaglioItalian
  • pātētē, kākara, tātara, rarā, hue rarā, whakararā, tatetate, tatangiMāori
  • rammelaarDutch
  • rasle, rangle, skrangleNorwegian
  • aghááłNavajo, Navaho
  • grzechotanie, grzechotkaPolish
  • chocalhoPortuguese
  • греметь, погремушка, трещать, прогрохотать, потрещать, стук, грохотать, треск, прогреметь, трещотка, грохот, дребезжать, треснуть, дребезжаниеRussian
  • klepet, klopot, klopotac, zvečka, hropac, čegrtaljka, ropacSerbo-Croatian
  • skaka om, rassla, skaka, skallra, skramla, rassel, skrämma, göra nervösSwedish
  • kayambaSwahili

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