noun Date: 1822 something rattly or rickety; especially an old car • rattletrap adjective

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  • Rattletrap — Rat tle*trap ( tr[a^]p ), n. Any machine or vehicle that does not run smoothly. [Colloq.] A. Trollope. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • rattletrap — 1766, originally a noun, nicknacks, trifles, odds and ends, from RATTLE (Cf. rattle) (adj.) + trap, perhaps in the sense in TRAPS (Cf. traps) (n.2). The adjectival sense of rickety is recorded from 1834 …   Etymology dictionary

  • rattletrap — ► NOUN informal ▪ an old or rickety vehicle …   English terms dictionary

  • rattletrap — [rat′ l trap΄] n. anything worn out, rickety, or rattling; esp., a dilapidated old automobile …   English World dictionary

  • Rattletrap — Rattlettrap may refer to: * Death Sex Rattletrap (1989), a song by Chainsaw Kittens, an alternative rock band *Richard Hudson Rattletrap, a character in The Disappointment, one of the first American operas, it was to have been performed on 20… …   Wikipedia

  • rattletrap — 1. adjective Mechanically unreliable or in disrepair. All services for the biggest embassy in the world will operate independently from the rattletrap utilities of the Iraqi capital. (speaking of the new US Embassy in Baghdad) 2. noun A… …   Wiktionary

  • rattletrap — I n Old, broken down car. Rudy will never make it to the beach in that old rattletrap of his. 1820s II n Old, broken down car. Rudy will never make it to the beach in that old rattletrap of his. 1820s …   Historical dictionary of American slang

  • rattletrap — rat|tle|trap [ˈrætlˌtræp] adj [only before noun] AmE a rattletrap vehicle is old and in bad condition …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • rattletrap — /rat l trap /, n. a shaky, rattling object, as a rickety vehicle. [1760 70; RATTLE1 + TRAP1] * * * …   Universalium

  • Rattletrap — 1. shaky, rattling object; 2. run down vehicle that makes rattling noises when in locomotion …   Dictionary of Australian slang

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