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rattler

[rat-ler] /ˈræt lər/
noun
1.
a rattlesnake.
2.
a person or thing that rattles.
3.
Informal. a fast freight train.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English; see rattle1, -er1
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Examples from the web for rattler
  • Many people are frightened when they see a rattler and call for help right away.
  • And of course only the rattler has the famous musical rattling tail, and only the rattler is poisonous.
  • Similar to speckled rattler, but marked with indistinct bands on the full length of its body.
British Dictionary definitions for rattler

rattler

/ˈrætlə/
noun
1.
something that rattles
2.
(mainly US & Canadian) an informal name for rattlesnake
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Word Origin and History for rattler
n.

mid-15c., "one who talks overmuch," agent noun from rattle (v.). From c.1300 as a surname. As short for rattlesnake, 1827.

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Slang definitions & phrases for rattler

rattler

noun
  1. A railroad train: a very luxurious rattler (1903+)
  2. A fast freight train or a freight car (1913+ Hoboes)
  3. A rattlesnake (1827+)
Related Terms

cage rattler

[in the first sense, rattler, ''coach,'' is found by 1630]


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