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rustle

[ruhs-uh l] /ˈrʌs əl/
verb (used without object), rustled, rustling.
1.
to make a succession of slight, soft sounds, as of parts rubbing gently one on another, as leaves, silks, or papers.
2.
to cause such sounds by moving or stirring something.
3.
to move, proceed, or work energetically:
Rustle around and see what you can find.
verb (used with object), rustled, rustling.
4.
to move or stir so as to cause a rustling sound:
The wind rustled the leaves.
5.
to move, bring, or get by energetic action:
I'll go rustle some supper.
6.
to steal (livestock, especially cattle).
noun
7.
the sound made by anything that rustles:
the rustle of leaves.
Verb phrases
8.
rustle up, Informal. to find, gather, or assemble by effort or search:
to rustle up some wood for a fire.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English rustlen (v.); compare Frisian russelje, Dutch ridselen; of imitative orig.
Related forms
rustlingly, adverb
unrustling, adjective
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Examples from the web for rustling
  • Its walls have heard the rustling of long silk dresses and jogging suits and echoed with the swells of music during concerts.
  • Its dainty leaves tremble with the slightest breeze, creating a pleasant rustling sound.
  • To the sound of breaking branches and rustling leaves, the moose moseys into the forest, his morning repast complete.
  • Keeping an eye on me the whole time, she started rustling around in the box.
  • Afterward, there's some rustling as she walks the four blocks to the library.
  • The six-day courses include cattle-herding, rustling and ranch-survival skills.
  • All four players extend their arms and a loud rustling marks the start of a new hand as they shuffle and then stack the tiles.
  • The meeting had been called because of an increase in cattle rustling.
  • First the smell of vegetation, then the wind rustling guiltily in the palm trees, dry hands rubbed together.
  • The oracle was said to have issued pronouncements to priests through the rustling of a sacred oak tree.
British Dictionary definitions for rustling

rustle1

/ˈrʌsəl/
verb
1.
to make or cause to make a low crisp whispering or rubbing sound, as of dry leaves or paper
2.
to move with such a sound
noun
3.
such a sound or sounds
Derived Forms
rustling, adjective, noun
rustlingly, adverb
Word Origin
Old English hrūxlian; related to Gothic hrukjan to crow², Old Norse hraukr raven, crow1

rustle2

/ˈrʌsəl/
verb
1.
(mainly US & Canadian) to steal (cattle, horses, etc)
2.
(US & Canadian, informal) to move swiftly and energetically
Word Origin
C19: probably special use of rustle1 (in the sense: to move with quiet sound)
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Word Origin and History for rustling

rustle

v.

"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.

n.

1759, from rustle (v.).

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Slang definitions & phrases for rustling

rustle

verb
  1. (also rustle one's bustle) To bestir oneself; GET OFF one's ASS (1882+)
  2. (also rustle up) To find and produce: where I knew I could rustle up the Lompoc phone book (1844+)

[origin unknown; perhaps fr rush plus hustle]


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