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rustler

[ruhs-ler]
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noun
  1. a cattle thief.
  2. a person or thing that rustles.
  3. Informal. an active, energetic person.
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Origin of rustler

First recorded in 1810–20; rustle + -er1
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Related Words for rustler

raider, burglar, looter, pickpocket, thief, bandit, crook, swindler, thug, marauder, pirate, mugger, shoplifter, rustler, vagabond, panhandler, bum, fence, cheat, hijacker

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Historical Examples of 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."

    Oh, You Tex!

    William Macleod Raine

  • He picked a way down into the cañon and followed the rustler.

    Oh, You Tex!

    William Macleod Raine

  • I'm here to tell you that I've got evidence to prove that Ford was a rustler an' a hold-up.

    Oh, You Tex!

    William Macleod Raine

  • And you never satisfied your curiosity about who the rustler was?

    Oh, You Tex!

    William Macleod Raine


British Dictionary definitions for rustler

rustler

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

n.

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

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