• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Rattle-pated Rattle-headed. "A noisy, rattle-pated fellow."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • rattle-pated Same as rattle-headed.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Rattle-pated noisy: giddy: unsteady
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. hrætele, hratele, a plant—from the rattling of the seeds in the capsules; Ger. rasseln, Dut. ratelen, to rattle.


In literature:

Only he asked himself whether the man was mad, or some heedless rattle pate?
"In Search of the Castaways" by Jules Verne
At least she isn't a rattle-pate.
"April Hopes" by William Dean Howells
Rattle, rattle went the new patent concrete, starting up the lazy-pated fellows down below.
"Erema" by R. D. Blackmore
It goes to show what a rattle-pated bunch of women they are!
"The Sturdy Oak" by Samuel Merwin, et al.
BARBARA HOLABIRD, the rattle-pate of the Holabird sisters in A.D.T.
"Character Sketches of Romance, Fiction and the Drama, Vol 1" by The Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D.
Many a man, with half thou hast, would wear grand Court airs to a rattle-pated rascal like Tom Tantillion.
"His Grace of Osmonde" by Frances Hodgson Burnett
It was not lightness of heart that made people dance and act as though rattled-pated during the war.
"Ruth Fielding in the Great Northwest" by Alice B. Emerson
I was born a rattle-pate, and I don't see how any one can blame me for letting 'nater caper.
"The Unseen Bridgegroom" by May Agnes Fleming
The idea of Molly being allowed to go with those rattle-pated women!
"The Voice in the Fog" by Harold MacGrath
Or ain't you no memory left in that rattle-pate o' you-all's?
"Dorothy on a House Boat" by Evelyn Raymond
I emptied my pockets first, and the way I rattled the biscuits on one bald-headed fellow's pate was something to remember.
"A Double Knot" by George Manville Fenn