I. verb (rattled; rattling) Etymology: Middle English ratelen; akin to Middle Dutch ratel rattle Date: 14th century intransitive verb 1. to make a rapid succession of short sharp noises <
the windows rattled in the wind
2. to chatter incessantly and aimlessly 3. to move with a clatter or rattle; also to be or move about in a place or station too large or grand <
rattled around the big old house
transitive verb 1. to say, perform, or affect in a brisk lively fashion <
rattled off four magnificent backhands — Kim Chapin
2. to cause to make a rattling sound 3. rouse; specifically to beat (a cover) for game 4. to upset especially to the point of loss of poise and composure ; disturb Synonyms: see embarrass II. noun Date: 1519 1. a. a device that produces a rattle; specifically a case containing pellets used as a baby's toy b. the sound-producing organ on a rattlesnake's tail 2. a. a rapid succession of sharp clattering sounds b. noise, racket 3. death rattle III. transitive verb (rattled; rattling) Etymology: irregular from ratline Date: 1729 to furnish with ratlines

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