Nearby words

  1. rusticity,
  2. rusticly,
  3. rustin,
  4. rustin, bayard,
  5. rusting,
  6. rustle up,
  7. rustler,
  8. rustless,
  9. rustling,
  10. ruston

Origin of rustle

1350–1400; Middle English rustlen (v.); compare Frisian russelje, Dutch ridselen; of imitative orig.

Related formsrus·tling·ly, adverbun·rus·tling, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for rustle

British Dictionary definitions for rustle


/ (ˈrʌsəl) /


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
Derived Formsrustling, adjective, nounrustlingly, adverb

Word Origin for rustle

Old English hrūxlian; related to Gothic hrukjan to crow ², Old Norse hraukr raven, crow 1


mainly US and Canadian to steal (cattle, horses, etc)
US and Canadian informal to move swiftly and energetically

Word Origin for rustle

C19: probably special use of rustle 1 (in the sense: to move with quiet sound)

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Word Origin and History for rustle
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