Rattle Rat"tle (r[a^]t"t'l), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Rattled} (-t'ld); p. pr. & vb. n. {Rattling} (-tl[i^]ng).] [Akin to D. ratelen, G. rasseln, AS. hr[ae]tele a rattle, in hr[ae]telwyrt rattlewort; cf. Gr. kradai`nein to swing, wave. Cf. {Rail} a bird.] 1. To make a quick succession of sharp, inharmonious noises, as by the collision of hard and not very sonorous bodies shaken together; to clatter. [1913 Webster]

And the rude hail in rattling tempest forms. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

'T was but the wind, Or the car rattling o'er the stony street. --Byron. [1913 Webster]

2. To drive or ride briskly, so as to make a clattering; as, we rattled along for a couple of miles. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster]

3. 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. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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