Definition of rattle noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    rattle

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    noun
    BrE BrE//ˈrætl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈrætl//
     
     
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  1. 1(also rattling) [usually singular] a series of short loud sounds made when hard objects hit against each other the rattle of gunfire From the kitchen came a rattling of cups and saucers. see also death rattle
  2. 2a baby’s toy that makes a series of short loud sounds when it is shaken
  3. 3a wooden object that is held in one hand and makes a series of short loud sounds when you spin it round, used, for example, by people watching a sports game
  4. Word Origin Middle English: related to Middle Dutch and Low German ratelen, of imitative origin.
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