Definition of rustle in English:

rustle

Syllabification: rus·tle
Pronunciation: /ˈrəsəl
 
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verb

1 [no object] Make a soft, muffled crackling sound like that caused by the movement of dry leaves or paper: she came closer, her skirt swaying and rustling
More example sentences
  • The busy castle sounds drifted away, and a soft wind rustled through the leaves of the apple trees, stirring up the heady scent of sage and mint.
  • One night, as I was sleeping, I heard voices like wind rustling in the leaves.
  • She could hear the soft breeze blow through the trees; leaves rustling and crackling together.
Synonyms
1.1 [with adverbial of direction] Move with a rustling sound: a nurse rustled in with a syringe
More example sentences
  • We're rustled out of the office by the Sommelier.
1.2 [with object] Move (something), causing it to make a rustling sound: Dolly rustled the paper irritably
More example sentences
  • The only sound was the breeze rustling the leaves of the trees.
  • Feel the sun on your face, hear the sounds around you - maybe water from a gentle stream or the sound of a breeze rustling the grass, or birds above.
  • There must have been the same animal warmth, the same sweet animal smell, the same sounds of animals breathing, chewing and rustling hay.
2 [with object] Round up and steal (cattle, horses, or sheep).
More example sentences
  • In 1875, Dan was one of a coterie of five thieves rustling cattle and horses in southeastern Wyoming.
  • Lever and his men raided Ralph and his tenants, rustling their cattle and stealing everything that wasn't nailed down.
  • Traditional B-Western themes such as cattle and horse rustling continued, but they were war-related.
Synonyms
steal, thieve, take; abduct, kidnap
informal swipe
3 [no object] North American informal Move or act quickly or energetically; hustle: rustle around the kitchen, see what there is
More example sentences
  • "Alright now," said Neal suddenly waking up and leaping out of bed "what we must do is eat, at once, Louanne rustle around the kitchen see what there is, Jack you and I go downstairs and call Allen, Al you see what you can do straightening out the house."
  • I began to rustle around the kitchen looking for all the stuff in the recipe.

noun

[usually in singular] Back to top  
A soft, muffled crackling sound like that made by the movement of dry leaves or paper: there was a rustle in the undergrowth behind her
More example sentences
  • It landed solidly, making a soft rustle as the metallic surface met paper.
  • A soft rustle of leaves dimly caught my attention.
  • Her ears picked up the sound of a soft rustle, and then beneath it, the quiet steady thudding of cushioned weight hitting the ground.

Origin

late Middle English (as a verb): imitative; compare with Flemish rijsselen and Dutch ritselen. The noun dates from the mid 18th century.

Phrasal verbs

rustle something up

informal Produce something quickly when it is needed: see if you can rustle up a cup of coffee for Paula and me, please
More example sentences
  • I'm not saying that they can be rustled up in minutes, but they can be made in advance and either reheated or quickly finished off in the kitchen.
  • But the match went ahead - until rain stopped play - after substitutes were rustled up.
  • Asked how many fans could be rustled up for the semi-final, the manager responded: ‘We've seen a greater number of supporters coming through our gates in the past year.’
Synonyms
prepare hastily, throw together, make
informal fix

Derivatives

rustler

Pronunciation: /ˈrəs(ə)lər/
noun
sense 2 of the verb.
More example sentences
  • The true West was populated by a variety of emigrants, including fur trappers, prospectors, cavalrymen and assorted thieves and rustlers.
  • Others are convinced that he was killed by cattle rustlers.
  • Sheep rustlers have returned to the Moors and are threatening to drive farmers out of business by stealing stock worth tens of thousands of pounds.

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