- 1[intransitive, transitive] rattle (something) to make a series of short loud sounds when hitting against something hard; to make something do this Every time a bus went past, the windows rattled. He shook me so hard that my teeth rattled.
- 2[intransitive] + adv./prep. (of a vehicle) to make a series of short loud sounds as it moves somewhere A convoy of trucks rattled by.
- 3[transitive] rattle somebody to make someone nervous or frightened synonym unnerve He was clearly rattled by the question. see also saber-rattling Idioms
NAmE//ˈræt̮l//(informal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they rattle
he / she / it rattles
past simple rattled
-ing form rattling
to annoy someone Who's rattled his cage? Phrasal Verbsrattle aroundrattle somethingoffrattle on (about something)
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