- a cattle thief.
- a person or thing that rustles.
- Informal. an active, energetic person.
Origin of rustler
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Examples from the Web for rustler
Outlaw and rustler opposed the dominion of this peace officer.When the West Was Young
Frederick R. Bechdolt
He waved a hand toward the rustler and shouted down the wind: "Some other day."
He picked a way down into the cañon and followed the rustler.
I'm here to tell you that I've got evidence to prove that Ford was a rustler an' a hold-up.
And you never satisfied your curiosity about who the rustler was?
- mainly US and Canadian a cattle or horse thief
- US and Canadian informal an energetic or vigorous person
Word Origin and History for rustler
1820, "one who rustles," agent noun from rustle (v.). American English meaning "cattle thief" is from 1882.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper