Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To move with soft fluttering or crackling sounds.
  • intransitive v. To move or act energetically or with speed.
  • intransitive v. To forage food.
  • intransitive v. To steal livestock, especially cattle.
  • transitive v. To cause to rustle.
  • transitive v. To obtain by rustling: rustled up some food in the kitchen.
  • transitive v. To steal (livestock, especially cattle).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A soft crackling sound similar to the movement of leaves.
  • v. To move (something) with a soft crackling sound.
  • v. To make or obtain in a lively, energetic way.
  • v. To steal (cattle or other livestock).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A quick succession or confusion of small sounds, like those made by shaking leaves or straw, by rubbing silk, or the like; a rustling.
  • intransitive v. To make a quick succession of small sounds, like the rubbing or moving of silk cloth or dry leaves.
  • intransitive v. To stir about energetically; to strive to succeed; to bustle about.
  • intransitive v. To steal; -- used of livestock and esp. of cattle.
  • transitive v. To cause to rustle.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To make a wavering, murmuring sound when set in motion and rubbed one part upon another or against something else; give out a slightly sibilant sound when shaken: as, a rustling silk; rustling foliage; rustling wings.
  • To move about or along with a rustling sound.
  • To stir about; bestir one's self; struggle or strive, especially against obstacles or difficulties; work vigorously or energetically; “hustle.”
  • To cause to rustle.
  • To shake with a murmuring, rustling sound.
  • To make, do, secure, obtain, etc., in a lively, energetic manner.
  • To steal cattle, as a “rustler”; hence to steal, in general. See rustler, 3.
  • n. The noise made by one who or that which rustles; a rustling.
  • n. A movement accompanied by a rustling sound.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. forage food
  • v. make a dry crackling sound
  • n. a light noise, like the noise of silk clothing or leaves blowing in the wind
  • v. take illegally

Etymologies

Middle English rustlen, perhaps of imitative origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Hang awn a minnit….*rustle rustle scrabble rustle*..

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  • Not just an "Ooh, Juliet", like a good Shakespearean actor, but a full blown "Oooouuuuuuuhh * pant pant rustle rustle* Juliet!"

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  • : * rustle rustle rustle* great visual … Can't wait for the picket line to form around 815.

    Stand Firm

  • While she sat looking over the titles the rustle of silk caused her to glance around, and she saw Mrs. Martin quite near her.

    Beulah

  • Neighbours ridiculed the idea, saying that they would not get many calves, that they could not or would not "rustle" -- that is, they would not get about with the cows -- that they would need nursing and feeding and would not stand the climate.

    Ranching, Sport and Travel

  • Our concern here is to emphasize the billions of small wrangles that were altering the collective thought, to summon out of the past, for an instant, an elfin clamour of now silenced voices that prepared the soil for revolution, the not-at-all-lucid propagandists at street corners, the speakers in little meeting-houses, in open spaces and during work intermissions; to recall the rustle of queer newspapers that were not quite ordinary newspapers; and the handicapped book publications that were everywhere fighting traditional and instinctive resistances.

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  • Gasa-gasa is also an onomatopoeic word for "rustle" or "rustling sound." gasagasagirl on November 01, 2006 in Naomi Hirahara | Permalink

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  • I know "rustle" makes you think soft, but think LOUD.

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  • Player A is convicted of the issue and because of his numerous past violations, and because of his bad attitude and refusal to atone, he is shrubbed permanently, meaning his character is turned into a shrub, and all his commands map to 'rustle', which makes him rustle in the wind a bit.

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  • While we never stinted ourselves, or cut the allowance of food, the amount was growing smaller every day, and it was not a question any more whether we would go out or not, to get provisions, to "rustle" as Bert called it, but where we would go out.

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