rustler

[ruhs-ler]

noun

a cattle thief.
a person or thing that rustles.
Informal. an active, energetic person.

Nearby words

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

Origin of rustler

First recorded in 1810–20; rustle + -er1

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British Dictionary definitions for rustler

rustler

noun

mainly US and Canadian a cattle or horse thief
US and Canadian informal an energetic or vigorous person
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Word Origin and History for rustler

rustler

n.

1820, "one who rustles," agent noun from rustle (v.). American English meaning "cattle thief" is from 1882.

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