- 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
Related Wordswhoosh, sound, noise, patter, rustling, crackle, friction, ripple, stir, crepitation, tap, hum, crinkle, murmur, sigh, crepitate, whir, whish
Examples from the Web for rustle
Prepared with paper to rustle, rice to shake, and water to ripple.ASMR and the Rise of the Whisper Fetish
December 7, 2013
A hinge creaked, but it was no louder than the rustle of silk against silk.Way of the Lawless
He had caught the rustle of silks, the indignant breathing of a woman.
He could hear the rustle of her clothes as she leaned forward.
It was the rustle of the trees about him, stirred by a gentle rising breeze.The Law-Breakers
It was more like the rustle of dry leaves, but there were no dry leaves to rustle.Happy Ending
- 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
"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.).