Definition of Rat-a-tat

1. Noun. A series of short sharp taps (as made by strokes on a drum or knocks on a door).

Exact synonyms: Rat-a-tat-tat, Rat-tat
Generic synonyms: Tapping



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Lexicographical Neighbors of Rat-a-tat

rasterizers
rasterizes
rasterizing
rasters
rastra
rastras
rastrum
rastrums
rastsvetaevite
rasul
rasures
rasvumite
rat's-tail cactus
rat-a-tat (current term)
rat-a-tat-tat
rat-arsed
rat-bite disease
rat-bite fever
rat-catcher
rat-flea typhus
rat-race
rat-tail
rat-tail file
rat-tailed
rat-tat
rat-tat-tat
rat arsed
rat bike

Literary usage of Rat-a-tat

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1. The Nursery by Fanny P Seaverns, John L. Shorey (Firm (1874)
"So, as he can't ride, he walks to the battle, And cheers on the men with a royal big rattle, — With a rat-a-tat-tat, And a rat-a-tat-tat, ..."

2. Ainsworth's Magazine: A Miscellany of Romance, General Literature, & Art by William Harrison Ainsworth, George Cruikshank, Hablot Knight Browne (1844)
"Every one started, and the women with difficulty repressed a scream. It was a strange, mysterious, hollow, death-like sound. rat-a-tat-a-tat-a-ra-ra ! ..."

3. Belgravia by Mary Elizabeth Braddon (1884)
"rat-a-tat-A-TAT-A-TAT-A-TAT-A-TAT—BANG ! There wai a pause, and a long enough pause to give me the impression that I had been dreaming of earthquakes, ..."

4. The Franklin Fourth Reader for the Use of Public and Private Schools by George Stillman Hillard (1875)
"He 's dressed very handsomely (rat-a-tat-tat), Just like a young dandy, so comely and fat. 3. He 's making his visits this morning, you see : Some friends ..."

5. Prairie Breezes by James William Foley (1904)
"A grouchy and crotchety, fussy old man, Whose stick on the walk beats a rat-a-tat-tat, The cut of his coat on an old-fashioned plan, A shiny red nose and a ..."

6. Arbor Day Manual: An Aid in Preparing Programs for Arbor Day Exercises edited by Charles Rufus Skinner (1890)
"I hear it again ; it goes rat-a-tat-tat ! Now, what in the world is the meaning ... He's dressed very handsomely (rat-a-tat-tat}, Just like a young dandy, ..."

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