Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

rattle

 - definition
Close

What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.

Close

Thesaurus

The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary entries. Click on the T button in an entry to review the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

more
verb American English pronunciation: rattle /ˈræt(ə)l/ 
Word Forms
Close
present tense
I/you/we/theyrattle
he/she/itrattles
present participlerattling
past tenserattled
past participlerattled
  1. 1
    [intransitive] Sound effect: rattle if something rattles, it makes short sharp knocking sounds as it moves or shakes

    The house shook and the doors and windows rattled.

    There's something rattling in the bottom of that box.

    1. a.
      [transitive] to knock things together, or to shake them so that they rattle

      Betty was rattling pans in the kitchen.

      He came up the driveway, rattling a bunch of keys.

  2. 2
    [transitive] informal to make someone feel nervous or angry

    Just keep your cool and don't let him rattle you.

  3. 3
    [intransitive] if a vehicle or a train rattles somewhere, it moves there quickly and noisily

    Don came rattling down the track in his battered old truck.

phrase

dark pool

a method of financial trading in which share prices are hidden and not openly available to the public

BuzzWord Article

Word of the Day

spinnaker

an extra sail sometimes fitted on the front of a boat used for racing

Open Dictionary

subtweet

to post a tweet, usually a negative one, that mentions a person without using the @ sign, so that they will not see the message on their Twitter feed …

add a word

Blog

A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog