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[rat-ler] /ˈræt lər/

a rattlesnake.
a person or thing that .
Informal. a fast freight train.
something that rattles
(mainly US & Canadian) an informal name for rattlesnake

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


Related Terms

cage rattler

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


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