Meaning of “rattle” in the English Dictionary

"rattle" in British English

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uk /ˈræt.əl/ us /ˈræt̬.əl/

[ S ] a sound similar to a series of quickly repeated knocks:

From across the town came the rattle of machine-gun fire.

[ C ] a toy that makes a noise like a series of knocks:

The baby was waving around a plastic rattle.

[ C ] a wooden device that when turned round and round produces a noise like a series of knocks

[ C ] the part of a rattlesnake's tail that produces a noise


uk /ˈræt.əl/ us /ˈræt̬.əl/

(Definition of “rattle” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"rattle" in American English

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rattleverb [ I/T ]

us /ˈræt̬·əl/

to make a noise consisting of quickly repeated knocks:

[ I ] The windows rattled when the wind blew.
[ T ] Manny slammed the door, rattling the cups on the shelf.

Phrasal verb(s)

rattlenoun [ C/U ]

us /ˈræt̬·əl/

a noise consisting of quickly repeated knocks:

[ U ] We could hear the rattle of stones as they fell down the well.

A rattle is also a baby’s toy that rattles when it is shaken.

(Definition of “rattle” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)