from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A rattling or clattering sound.
  • n. A movement that produces such a sound.
  • intransitive v. To make a rattling or clattering sound, especially by rushing or scampering.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To rattle; to make a scampering noise

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To make a loud rumbling or rattling noise; thunder.
  • To move rapidly with a clattering noise.
  • n. A clattering noise like that made by the feet of horses moving rapidly.
  • n. Rapid motion; a short rapid race.
  • n. A violent attack.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. make a rattling sound


Imitative .
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Apparently imitative, probably under influence of break + rattle. (Wiktionary)



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