Prepared with paper to rustle, rice to shake, and water to ripple.
She was a nettle in which the rustle of the cassock was visible.
He could hear the rustle of her clothes as she leaned forward.
He stood aside when she swept past him and vanished with a rustle of filmy draperies.
He had caught the rustle of silks, the indignant breathing of a woman.
At that moment there was a rustle among the rushes on the bank of the stream.
It was the rustle of the trees about him, stirred by a gentle rising breeze.
Then he heard the rustle of leaves and the snap of a stick behind him.
It was more like the rustle of dry leaves, but there were no dry leaves to rustle.
There was some noise in the air beside the evening rustle of the south wind among the tree-tops.
"to emit soft, rapid sounds," late 14c. (implied in rustling), of uncertain origin, perhaps imitative (cf. Middle Low German ruschen, Middle Dutch ruusscen, German rauschen "to rustle"). Related: Rustled; rustling. Meaning "steal" (especially cattle) first attested 1882, probably from earlier American English slang sense of "move about vigorously" (1844), perhaps a separate word, compounded from rush and hustle.
1759, from rustle (v.).
[origin unknown; perhaps fr rush plus hustle]