rattle

Definitions

General English

Food

Medical

  • noun a harsh noise made in the throat, caused by a blockage to breathing and heard especially near death

Publishing

  • noun the noise made by paper when it is handled, giving an indication of its stiffness

Origin & History of “rattle”

Rattle probably existed in Old English, but in the absence of any direct evidence, it is usually suggested that the word was borrowed from middle Low German rattelen, a relative of German rasseln ‘rattle’. Whatever its ultimate source, it no doubt originally imitated the sound of rattling.
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