American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A rickety, worn-out vehicle.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A shaky, rattling object; especially, a rattling, rickety vehicle; in the plural, objects clattering or rattling against each other.
- adj. Mechanically unreliable or in disrepair.
- n. A mechanical device, particularly an automobile, that is worn out, run down, or mechanically unreliable as indicated by noises it makes in operation.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. colloq. Any machine or vehicle that does not run smoothly.
- From rattle + trap. (Wiktionary)
“It must reward them, or their children would not be able to go to school, nor would so many of them be able to drive by in rattletrap, second-hand buggies or in stout light wagons.”
“I just wonder what kind of rattletrap duct-taped mayhem is disguised under a smooth oxymoron like "collective intelligence.”
“I packed up my belongings and steered onto I-5 in my rattletrap '91 Honda Accord to return to L.A. to celebrate.”
“Theroux is firsthand witness to it all, traveling as the locals doby stifling train, rattletrap bus, illicit taxi, and mud-caked footencountering adventures only he could have: from the literary (sparring with the incisive Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk) to the dissolute (surviving a week-long bender on the Trans-Siberian Railroad).”
“You think Spielberg would only have a rattletrap third-rate spaceship like the Millennium Falcon to ensure his survival?”
“There was an old rattletrap ruin where the bungalow now stands.”
“After a few minutes Kassim came downstairs, walked across the sandy driveway, and drove off in his rattletrap Toyota van.”
“Rollie grinned from inside a rattletrap Chevy pickup.”
“Nathan burst onto the world of Middle East diplomacy in 1966 with a dramatic solo flight to Egypt in a rattletrap single-engine plane, more than a decade before Israel and Egypt signed a peace treaty.”
“I stood back and offered an appreciative glance but, between you and me, the car was real rattletrap.”
These user-created lists contain the word ‘rattletrap’.
Words used quite often in steampunk
List of words that contain the letter string *trap*. Some are obvious and apparent, such as trapezoid, while others are a bit less apparent, such as contrapuntist, ultraphysical, and intraperitoneal.
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