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

  • adj. Informal Animated; brisk: a rattling conversation about politics.
  • adv. Used as an intensive: "the guiltless gust of a rattling good yarn” ( Anthony Burgess).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. lively, quick (speech, pace)
  • n. rattle (a sound made by loose objects shaking or vibrating against one another)
  • n. Alternative form of ratline.
  • v. Present participle of rattle.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Making or adapted for making a rattle; hence, smart; sharp; lively in action, movement, or manners: as, a rattling rider; rattling pace; a rattling game; a rattling girl.
  • Bewilderingly large or conspicuous: as, rattling stakes or bets.
  • Extremely; ‘stunning’: as, a rattling good speech.
  • n. The act of making a rattle, clatter, or continuous jarring noise.
  • n. The act of berating or railing at or otherwise assailing or attacking: as, to give one a rattling.
  • n. A corruption of ratline.

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

  • adv. used as intensifiers; `real' is sometimes used informally for `really'; `rattling' is informal
  • n. a rapid series of short loud sounds (as might be heard with a stethoscope in some types of respiratory disorders)
  • adj. quick and energetic
  • adj. extraordinarily good or great ; used especially as intensifiers


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