- to make a succession of slight, soft sounds, as of parts rubbing gently one on another, as leaves, silks, or papers.
- to cause such sounds by moving or stirring something.
- to move, proceed, or work energetically: Rustle around and see what you can find.
- to move or stir so as to cause a rustling sound: The wind rustled the leaves.
- to move, bring, or get by energetic action: I'll go rustle some supper.
- to steal (livestock, especially cattle).
- the sound made by anything that rustles: the rustle of leaves.
- rustle up, Informal. to find, gather, or assemble by effort or search: to rustle up some wood for a fire.
Origin of rustle
- to prepare (a meal, snack, etc) rapidly, esp at short notice
- to forage for and obtain
- to make or cause to make a low crisp whispering or rubbing sound, as of dry leaves or paper
- to move with such a sound
- such a sound or sounds
- mainly US and Canadian to steal (cattle, horses, etc)
- US and Canadian informal to move swiftly and energetically
Word Origin and History for rustle up
"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.).
Idioms and Phrases with rustle up
Get together food or some other needed item with some effort, as in I don't know what we have but I'll rustle up a meal somehow, or You boys need to rustle up some wood for a campfire. The verb rustle here means “to assemble in a hurry.” [Late 1800s]