[syn: very, really, real, rattling]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Rattle \Rat"tle\ (r[a^]t"t'l), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Rattled
(-t'ld); p. pr. & vb. n. Rattling (-tl[i^]ng).] [Akin to D.
ratelen, G. rasseln, AS. hr[ae]tele a rattle, in
hr[ae]telwyrt rattlewort; cf. Gr. kradai`nein to swing, wave.
Cf. Rail a bird.]
1. To make a quick succession of sharp, inharmonious noises,
as by the collision of hard and not very sonorous bodies
shaken together; to clatter.
And the rude hail in rattling tempest forms.
'T was but the wind,
Or the car rattling o'er the stony street. --Byron.
2. To drive or ride briskly, so as to make a clattering; as,
we rattled along for a couple of miles. [Colloq.]
3. To make a clatter with the voice; to talk rapidly and
idly; to clatter; -- with on or away; as, she rattled on
for an hour. [Colloq.]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adv 1: 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" [syn: very, really, real, rattling]
adj 1: 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" [syn:
fantastic, grand, howling(a), marvelous,
marvellous, rattling(a), terrific, tremendous,
2: 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" [syn: alert, brisk,
lively, merry, rattling, snappy, spanking, zippy]
n 1: a rapid series of short loud sounds (as might be heard with
a stethoscope in some types of respiratory disorders); "the
death rattle" [syn: rattle, rattling, rale]