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.
- rus·tling·ly, adverb
- un·rus·tling, adjective
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How to use rustle in a sentence
For one, O’Connell masters every rustle, movement of the body, caught breath, laugh, rise of emotion.‘Dana H.’ Was Kidnapped by a Psychopath. Now Her Ordeal Is a Broadway Play. | Tim Teeman | October 18, 2021 | The Daily Beast
Our hunter-gatherer ancestors survived by assuming every rustle in the grasses was a lurking hungry lion, not harmless birds hunting for seeds.
They would rustle and tussle it for like three minutes and that was it!OITNB’s New Villain Vee, Played By Lorraine Toussaint, Speaks for the First Time | Kevin Fallon | June 13, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Prepared with paper to rustle, rice to shake, and water to ripple.
In her hand she held a silk map of the region, given to agents to avoid the giveaway rustle of paper in pockets.World War II’s Most Glamorous Spy: Christine Granville | Emma Garman | July 7, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
If I can rustle horses I'll send these two boys on home, with a note to the old man explaining how the play came up.Raw Gold | Bertrand W. Sinclair
But the fronds of a palm-tree in the wind produce a noise that is unlike the rustle of any other foliage in the world.The Wave | Algernon Blackwood
And before he had finished smiling, over the parquet floor behind him there came the light rustle of a dress.Bella Donna | Robert Hichens
The faint rustle of the Black Hood's cape caused the messenger on the ground to look up.
There was a rustle of expectancyupon the girls side, at leastat Assembly on Monday morning.The Girls of Central High on the Stage | Gertrude W. Morrison
British Dictionary definitions for rustle (1 of 2)
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
- rustling, adjective, noun
- rustlingly, adverb
British Dictionary definitions for rustle (2 of 2)
mainly US and Canadian to steal (cattle, horses, etc)
US and Canadian informal to move swiftly and energetically
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