Prepared with paper to rustle, rice to shake, and water to ripple.
She was a nettle in which the rustle of the cassock was visible.
The wind did not blow and so the dry branches of the forest did not rustle.
He stood aside when she swept past him and vanished with a rustle of filmy draperies.
But at that moment a rustle and a rush was heard of some one darting out of the tree.
At that moment there was a rustle among the rushes on the bank of the stream.
But a rustle of silk on the flags, the tip of a bonnet, a lined cloak—it was she!
Then he heard the rustle of leaves and the snap of a stick behind him.
There is not a sound, not a creak, not the rustle of a fold.
There was some noise in the air beside the evening rustle of the south wind among the tree-tops.
"to emit soft, rapid sounds," late 14c. (implied in rustling), of uncertain origin, perhaps imitative (cf. Middle Low German ruschen, Middle Dutch ruusscen, German rauschen "to rustle"). Related: Rustled; rustling. Meaning "steal" (especially cattle) first attested 1882, probably from earlier American English slang sense of "move about vigorously" (1844), perhaps a separate word, compounded from rush and hustle.
1759, from rustle (v.).
[origin unknown; perhaps fr rush plus hustle]