Definition of brattle in US English:



  • A sharp rattling sound.

    ‘a distant brattle of thunder’
    • ‘In place of the brattle of riveters' hammers you now hear birdsong.’
    • ‘Such was Whittier on one side, a militant poet of reform, sending forth verses that had the brattle of trumpets and the waving of banners in them’
    • ‘The day was particularly fine, and with the exception of a few slight showers which fell through the sunshine, accompanied by two or three brattles of thunder, nothing occurred during the whole of the proceedings which had the slightest tendency to mar the enjoyment.’
    • ‘Since everything that follows -- from the shrieking brattle of "Two Sails on a Sound" to the enchanted tribal vocal exercises of "Slippi" to the slow-building celebratory scuttle of "Too Soon" -- feels similarly crazed, drug-induced, and apparitional, Here Comes the Indian makes for particularly lucid listening.’
    • ‘The wrestling could have been a washout as the rain reached comical proportions and just kept going, with the occasional long brattle of thunder thrown in, but a dense crowd gathered under brollies to watch competitions of the highest quality and intensity.’


[with object]British
  • 1Rattle (something).

    1. 1.1no object Produce a rattling sound.
      • ‘On top of that, he is made to sing phrases like: ‘These brattling birds!’’
      • ‘From these mountains and hills a vast number of streams and brattling brooks discharge themselves into the lake; its principal tributary however, is the Endric, which flows into the south-east corner of the lake.’
      • ‘Over the ledge lies an Atlantic of vapor without sail or shore, and through the hemlocks on North mountain the wind brattles like a hurricane.’
      • ‘Where so long I have heard only the brattling and moaning of the wind, what means this tenser, far-piercing sound?’
      • ‘It is a lively sound, a busy tinkling, the incessant brattling and from time to time rushing, crashing sound of this falling ice, and trees suddenly erecting themselves when relieved of their loads.’


Early 16th century: probably imitative, from a blend of break and rattle.