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
- 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.
- 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.
- n. A corruption of ratline.
- Extremely; ‘stunning’: as, a rattling good speech.
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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