Antonyms for rattling

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Josie is rattling volubly, but with a hint of the confidential in her tone.

It seemed to him that something was rattling behind him along the wall.

On they went, rattling and jingling along the road till they came to the tree.

Laura Ann was rattling stove-lids at the other end of the kitchen.

They struggled in this manner with a rattling in their throats, writhing in the horror of their caresses.

Then there was a rattling of keys, and suddenly a flood of light shot into the dark place.

Her forehead was perspiring; her breath was rattling in her chest.

At half-past seven you heard the whoop of the milkman and the rattling of his cans.

The minister heard her rattling pans and dishes at a great rate.

The trouble is an ancient one and is designated as "shelling" or "rattling."

WORD ORIGIN

c.1300 (intransitive), "To make a quick sharp noise with frequent repetitions and collisions of bodies not very sonorous: when bodies are sonorous, it is called jingling" [Johnson]. Perhaps in Old English but not recorded; if not, from Middle Dutch ratelen, probably of imitative origin (cf. German rasseln "to rattle," Greek kradao "I rattle"). Sense of "utter smartly and rapidly" is late 14c. Meaning "to go along loosely and noisily" is from 1550s. Transitive sense is late 14c.; figurative sense of "fluster" is first recorded 1869. Related: Rattled; rattling.

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