Definition of rataplan in English:

rataplan

noun

  • [in singular] A drumming or beating sound.

    • ‘Above us a rataplan of thunder sounded in a swollen sky that still stubbornly refused to yield its rain.’
    rumble, rumbling, boom, booming, roar, roaring, pounding, thud, thudding, thump, thumping, crash, crashing, bang, banging, ring, ringing, grumble, growl, resounding, reverberation, echo
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Origin

Mid 19th century: from French, of imitative origin.

Pronunciation:

rataplan

/ˈrädəˌplan/