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Definition of rattle:

  1. A noisy, senseless talker; a jabberer.
  2. A rapid succession of sharp, clattering sounds; as, the rattle of a drum.
  3. A scolding; a sharp rebuke.
  4. An instrument with which a rattling sound is made; especially, a child's toy that rattles when shaken.
  5. Any organ of an animal having a structure adapted to produce a rattling sound.
  6. Hence, to disconcert; to confuse; as, to rattle one's judgment; to rattle a player in a game.
  7. Noisy, rapid talk.
  8. 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 Rle.
  9. To assail, annoy, or stun with a rattling noise.
  10. To cause to make a rattling or clattering sound; as, to rattle a chain.
  11. To drive or ride briskly, so as to make a clattering; as, we rattled along for a couple of miles.
  12. 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.
  13. To make a quick succession of sharp, inharmonious noises, as by the collision of hard and not very sonorous bodies shaken together; to clatter.
  14. To scold; to rail at.


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