Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One who rustles; a cattle thief.
  • n. A bovine animal that can care for itself in any circumstances.
  • n. An alert, energetic, driving person.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who, or that which, rustles.
  • n. A bovine animal that can care for itself in any circumstances; also, an alert, energetic, driving person.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who or that which rustles.
  • n. One who works or acts with energy and promptness; an active, efficient person; a “hustler”; originally, a cowboy.
  • n. A cowman who procures his stock by capturing the cattle of other owners and branding them as his own; a cattle-thief.

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

  • n. someone who steals livestock (especially cattle)

Etymologies

to rustle + -er (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • What he was thinking was that the moon was in the quarter -- what they called the rustler's moon.

    Lonesome Dove

  • What he was thinking was that the moon was in the quarter — what they called the rustler's moon.

    Lonesome Dove

  • It used to be a standard ploy — not just “liberal,” but “Whig” (originally “cut-throat cattle rustler from the wild Scottish borders”) and “Tory” (orig. “illiterate Papist peasant from the remotest bogs of Ireland”).

    Own It!

  • “Ain’t Jack Slade an’ his bunch,” he mumbled as he mounted, “but by God a rustler is a rustler.”

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  • What he was thinking was that the moon was in the quarter—what they called the rustler’s moon.

    Lonesome Dove

  • The prosecution of these men was undertaken with something of the old vigor that characterized the pursuit of horse thieves, with this difference, that, whereas all the world had hated a horse thief as a common enemy, very much of the world found excuse for the so-called rustler, who was known to be doing only what his accusers had done before him.

    The Story of the Outlaw A Study of the Western Desperado

  • Budd Hankinson and Grizzly Weber, the two hired men, were absent, looking after the cattle, for the rustler is a night hawk who often gets in the best part of his work between the set and rise of sun.

    Cowmen and Rustlers A Story of the Wyoming Cattle Ranges

  • "But let the Indians have a steer or two for food, if they need it," begged Mrs. Bobbsey, who had a kind heart even toward an Indian cattle thief, or "rustler", as they are called.

    The Bobbsey Twins in the Great West

  • A tale of the western frontier, where the "rustler" abounds.

    Free Air

  • If those four calves were stolen, then there was a "rustler" in the country.

    The Ranch at the Wolverine

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