- 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 somebody nervous or frightened synonym unnerve He was clearly rattled by the question. See related entries: Fear see also sabre-rattling Word Origin Middle English: related to Middle Dutch and Low German ratelen, of imitative origin.Extra examples A convoy of trucks rattled past. Are you all right? You look a bit rattled. She stood there, rattling the collecting tin.Idioms (informal) to annoy somebody Who's rattled his cage? Phrasal Verbsrattle aroundrattle somethingoffrattle on (about something)
BrE BrE//ˈrætl//; NAmE NAmE//ˈrætl//(informal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they rattle
BrE BrE//ˈrætl//; NAmE NAmE//ˈrætl//he / she / it rattles
BrE BrE//ˈrætlz//; NAmE NAmE//ˈrætlz//past simple rattled
BrE BrE//ˈrætld//; NAmE NAmE//ˈrætld//past participle rattled
BrE BrE//ˈrætld//; NAmE NAmE//ˈrætld//-ing form rattling
BrE BrE//ˈrætlɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈrætlɪŋ//Fear