Just then there was a rustling under the table and Jackson lifted the tablecloth and peered underneath.
After some rustling and a long delay, an awkward Cecilia finally appeared.
Just then there was a rustling under the table and Jackson lifted the tablecloth.
Carl could hear a rustling in the women's end of the dressing-room tent.
As these occurred, a rustling and a murmur expressed the subdued applause.
"Oh no," said the fairy, rustling her wings in some displeasure.
There was a slight sound, scarcely a rustling, on the flagstones.
He drew a long breath, for there was a heavy, rustling sound above, as if the man on the roof was altering his position.
He heard no sound save the rustling of the leaves and the song of the bird.
Then Kate, with a laugh, said something which Philip did not catch, because Csar was rustling the newspaper he was reading.
"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]