[ ruhs-ler ]
See synonyms for rustler on
  1. a cattle thief.

  2. a person or thing that rustles.

  1. Informal. an active, energetic person.

Origin of rustler

First recorded in 1810–20; rustle + -er1

Words Nearby rustler Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use rustler in a sentence

  • Lights flashed in the windows, and somebody cried, “The rustler boys are coming!”

    The Cattle-Baron's Daughter | Harold Bindloss
  • The rustler knowing this, ear-marks a calf and takes chances on its being discovered the calf has no brand.

    The Long Dim Trail | Forrestine C. Hooker
  • Isbel appeared to be remarkably efficient as camp-rustler and cook, but he did not inspire me with confidence.

  • rustler stopped short, but the style continued to cut and ruin the wax cylinder.

  • Next I removed the perch from that side and then rustler absolutely refused to sing any more.

British Dictionary definitions for rustler


/ (ˈrʌslə) /

  1. mainly US and Canadian a cattle or horse thief

  2. US and Canadian informal an energetic or vigorous person

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