- 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
Examples from the Web for rustling
After some rustling and a long delay, an awkward Cecilia finally appeared.Carla & Sarko's 'Open' Marriage?
March 10, 2010
Just then there was a rustling under the table and Jackson lifted the tablecloth.
Just then there was a rustling under the table and Jackson lifted the tablecloth and peered underneath.
As these occurred, a rustling and a murmur expressed the subdued applause.
There was a slight sound, scarcely a rustling, on the flagstones.The Dream
He heard no sound save the rustling of the leaves and the song of the bird.Opera Stories from Wagner
Don't you remember, I thought I heard a rustling in the fern, and you laughed at me?The Green Satin Gown
Laura E. Richards
Once more may the rustling of the shower refresh our longing ears!Imogen
- 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 rustling
"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.).