rattle - definition and synonyms


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present tense
present participlerattling
past tenserattled
past participlerattled
  1. 1

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    if something rattles, it makes short sharp knocking sounds as it moves or shakes

    The house shook and the doors and windows rattled.

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

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

  2. 2
    [intransitive] if a vehicle or a train rattles somewhere, it moves there quickly and noisily
  3. 3
    [transitive] informal to make someone feel nervous or angry