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


informal (intensifier qualifying something good, fine, pleasant, etc): a rattling good lunch.


(ˈræt lɪŋ)

1. brisk: a rattling pace.
2. splendid; fine.
3. very: a rattling good time.
rat′tling•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.rattling - a rapid series of short loud sounds (as might be heard with a stethoscope in some types of respiratory disorders)rattling - a rapid series of short loud sounds (as might be heard with a stethoscope in some types of respiratory disorders); "the death rattle"
crepitation rale - the crackling sound heard on auscultation when patients with respiratory diseases inhale; associated with tuberculosis and pneumonia and congestive heart failure
noise - sound of any kind (especially unintelligible or dissonant sound); "he enjoyed the street noises"; "they heard indistinct noises of people talking"; "during the firework display that ended the gala the noise reached 98 decibels"
Adj.1.rattling - extraordinarily good or great ; used especially as intensifiers; "a fantastic trip to the Orient"; "the film was fantastic!"; "a howling success"; "a marvelous collection of rare books"; "had a rattling conversation about politics"; "a tremendous achievement"
extraordinary - beyond what is ordinary or usual; highly unusual or exceptional or remarkable; "extraordinary authority"; "an extraordinary achievement"; "her extraordinary beauty"; "enjoyed extraordinary popularity"; "an extraordinary capacity for work"; "an extraordinary session of the legislature"
2.rattling - quick and energeticrattling - quick and energetic; "a brisk walk in the park"; "a lively gait"; "a merry chase"; "traveling at a rattling rate"; "a snappy pace"; "a spanking breeze"
energetic - possessing or exerting or displaying energy; "an energetic fund raiser for the college"; "an energetic group of hikers"; "it caused an energetic chemical reaction"
Adv.1.rattling - used as intensifiers; `real' is sometimes used informally for `really'; `rattling' is informal; "she was very gifted"; "he played very well"; "a really enjoyable evening"; "I'm real sorry about it"; "a rattling good yarn"
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A. ADJ at a rattling pacemuy rápidamente, a gran velocidad
B. ADV rattling good (esp Brit) → realmente estupendo


n (= sound)Klappern nt; (of chains)Rasseln nt, → Klirren nt; (of bottles)Klirren nt; (of gunfire)Knattern nt; (of drums)Schlagen nt; (of hailstones)Prasseln nt
adjklappernd; chainsrasselnd, klirrend; bottlesklirrend; gunfireknatternd; drumsschlagend; hailstonesprasselnd; a rattling noiseein Klappern nt/Rasseln ntetc
adv rattling good (dated inf)verdammt gut (inf)


(rӕtl) verb
1. to (cause to) make a series of short, sharp noises by knocking together. The cups rattled as he carried the tray in; The strong wind rattled the windows.
2. to move quickly. The car was rattling along at top speed.
3. to upset and confuse (a person). Don't let him rattle you – he likes annoying people.
1. a series of short, sharp noises. the rattle of cups.
2. a child's toy, or a wooden instrument, which makes a noise of this sort. The baby waved its rattle.
3. the bony rings of a rattlesnake's tail.
ˈrattling adjective
fast; lively. The car travelled at a rattling pace.
ˈrattlesnake noun
a type of poisonous American snake with bony rings in its tail which rattle.
rattle off
to say quickly and usually without any feeling or expression. The boy rattled off the poem.
rattle through
to say or do (something) quickly. The teacher rattled through his explanation so quickly that no-one could understand him.
References in classic literature ?
I thought I should have died when I saw you two girls rattling about in the what-you-call-it, like two little kernels in a very big nutshell, and Mother waiting in state to receive the throng," sighed Jo, quite spent with laughter.
Within a week all the blooming roads had been despoiled, hundreds of miles of yellow sunflowers had been transformed into brown, rattling, burry stalks.
According to the orders of the preceding night, the heavy sleep of the army was broken by the rolling of the warning drums, whose rattling echoes were heard issuing, on the damp morning air, out of every vista of the woods, just as day began to draw the shaggy outlines of some tall pines of the vicinity, on the opening brightness of a soft and cloudless eastern sky.
At one moment, they were rattling through a solitude; the next, a village had grown up around them; a few breaths more, and it had vanished, as if swallowed by an earthquake.
The old farmers gathered together their families in their wagons, and were heard for some time rattling along the hollow roads, and over the distant hills.
And it was so light too; the sun shining in at the window, and a great rattling of coaches in the streets, and the sound of gay voices all over the house.
Commanded by a naval Post-Captain, the Rattler made a rattling voyage of it, and did some service; how much does not appear.
Here and there would be a bridge crossing a filthy creek, with hard-baked mud shores and dingy sheds and docks along it; here and there would be a railroad crossing, with a tangle of switches, and locomotives puffing, and rattling freight cars filing by; here and there would be a great factory, a dingy building with innumerable windows in it, and immense volumes of smoke pouring from the chimneys, darkening the air above and making filthy the earth beneath.
Bird opened a wardrobe, and, taking from thence a plain, serviceable dress or two, she sat down busily to her work-table, and, with needle, scissors, and thimble, at hand, quietly commenced the "letting down" process which her husband had recommended, and continued busily at it till the old clock in the corner struck twelve, and she heard the low rattling of wheels at the door.
Ah, he fetched them; it was a rattling good stroke.
And no mere commonplace language, either, but rattling, out-and-out book-talk--and bristling with metaphor, too--just bristling
He hopped around the cabin con- siderable, first on one leg and then on the other, hold- ing first one shin and then the other one, and at last he let out with his left foot all of a sudden and fetched the tub a rattling kick.