or rat-a-tat-tat noun Etymology: imitative Date: 1681 a rapid succession of knocking, tapping, or cracking sounds

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  • rat-a-tat — /rat euh tat /, n. a sound of knocking or rapping: a sharp rat a tat on the window. Also, rat a tat tat. [1675 85; imit.] * * * …   Universalium

  • rat-a-tat — [rat′ə tat΄] n. [echoic] a series of sharp, quick rapping sounds: also rat a tat tat …   English World dictionary

  • rat-a-tat — also .rat a tat tat n [singular] [Date: 1600 1700; Origin: From the sound] the sound of knocking, especially on a door …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • rat-a-tat — 1680s, echoic …   Etymology dictionary

  • rat-a-tat — N SING; SOUND You use rat a tat to represent a series of sharp, repeated sounds, for example the sound of someone knocking at a door. ...the rat a tat at the door. ...the rat a tat of machine guns …   English dictionary

  • rat-a-tat — noun a series of short sharp taps (as made by strokes on a drum or knocks on a door) • Syn: ↑rat a tat tat, ↑rat tat • Hypernyms: ↑tapping …   Useful english dictionary

  • rat-a-tat — also rat a tat tat noun (singular) the sound of knocking, especially on a door …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • rat-a-tat — [[t]ˌræt əˈtæt[/t]] also rat′ a tat tat′ n. a sound of knocking or rapping • Etymology: 1675–85; imit …   From formal English to slang

  • rat-a-tat — UK [ˌrætəˈtæt] / US noun [singular] British a series of short sharp sounds made by someone knocking on a door …   English dictionary

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