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Noun: rattling  rat-ling or ra-t(u)l-ing
  1. A rapid series of short loud sounds (as might be heard with a stethoscope in some types of respiratory disorders)
    - rattle, rale
Adjective: rattling  rat-ling or ra-t(u)l-ing
  1. [informal] Extraordinarily good or great; used especially as an intensifier
    "had a rattling conversation about politics";
    - fantastic, grand, howling [informal], marvelous [US], marvellous [Brit, Cdn], terrific, tremendous, wonderful, wondrous, phenomenal, epic [slang], magnificent, heavenly [informal]
  2. Quick and energetic
    "travelling at a rattling rate";
    - alert, brisk, lively, merry, snappy [informal], spanking [informal], zippy [informal]
Adverb: rattling  rat-ling or ra-t(u)l-ing
Usage: informal
  1. Used as an intensifier
    "a rattling good yarn";
    - very, really, real [N. Amer], mucho [informal], thoroughly, cracking [Brit, informal], rotten [informal], massively [informal], dirty [Brit, informal], excellently, magnificently, splendidly, famously, tremendously [informal], capitally, awesomely [informal]
Verb: rattle  ra-t(u)l
  1. Make short successive sounds
  2. Shake and cause to make a rattling noise
  3. [informal] Disturb the composure of
    "Good, it shouldn't rattle him at all";
    - faze, unnerve, enervate, unsettle

Derived forms: rattlings

See also: energetic, extraordinary, rattle on [informal], roll off

Type of: agitate, discomfit, discompose, disconcert, go, noise, shake, sound, untune, upset

Encyclopedia: Rattle, Derbyshire