What does rustle mean?

Definitions for rustle
ˈrʌs əlrus·tle

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. rustle, rustling, whisper, whisperingverb

    a light noise, like the noise of silk clothing or leaves blowing in the wind

  2. rustleverb

    make a dry crackling sound

    "rustling silk"; "the dry leaves were rustling in the breeze"

  3. rustle, liftverb

    take illegally

    "rustle cattle"

  4. rustleverb

    forage food


  1. Rustleverb

    To steal; -- used of livestock and esp. of cattle.


  1. rustlenoun

    a soft crackling sound similar to the movement of leaves

  2. rustleverb

    to move (something) with a soft crackling sound

  3. rustleverb

    to move speedily, hustle, stir

  4. rustleverb

    to make, do, secure, or obtain in a lively, energetic way

    rustle up some food

  5. rustleverb

    to steal (cattle or other livestock)

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Rustleverb

    To make a low continued rattle; to make a quick succession of small noises.

    Etymology: hristlan , Saxon.

    Let not the creaking of shoes, nor the rustling of silks, betray thy poor heart to woman. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    He is coming; I hear the straw rustle. William Shakespeare.

    This life
    Is nobler than attending for a check;
    Richer, than doing nothing for a bauble;
    Prouder, than rustling in unpaid-for silk. William Shakespeare.

    Thick swarm’d, both on the ground, and in the air
    Brush’d with the hiss of rustling wings. John Milton.

    As when we see the winged winds engage,
    Rustling from ev’ry quarter of the sky,
    North, East, and West, in airy swiftness vy. George Granville.

    All begin the attack;
    Fans clap, silks rustle, and tough whalebones crack. Alexander Pope.

    Not less their number than the milk-white swans,
    That o’er the winding of Cyaster’s springs,
    Stretch their long necks, and clap their rustling wings. Alexander Pope.


  1. rustle

    Rustle is a verb that primarily refers to producing a soft, mellow crackling sound as a result of slight movements, typically related to dry leaves or paper. As a noun, it represents the sound produced by such activity. In another context, particularly in slang, it also means to steal or to obtain something illicitly.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Rustleverb

    to make a quick succession of small sounds, like the rubbing or moving of silk cloth or dry leaves

  2. Rustleverb

    to stir about energetically; to strive to succeed; to bustle about

  3. Rustleverb

    to cause to rustle; as, the wind rustles the leaves

  4. Rustlenoun

    a quick succession or confusion of small sounds, like those made by shaking leaves or straw, by rubbing silk, or the like; a rustling

  5. Etymology: [AS. hristlan to rustle; or cf. Sw. rusta to stir, make a riot, or E. rush, v.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Rustle

    rus′l, v.i. to make a soft, whispering sound, as silk, straw, &c.: (U.S.) to stir about.—n. a quick succession of small sounds, as that of dry leaves: a rustling, a movement with rustling sound.—ns. Rus′tler, one who, or that which, rustles: (U.S.) an active fellow; Rus′tling, a quick succession of small sounds, as that of dry leaves.—adv. Rus′tlingly. [Skeat makes it a freq. of Sw. rusta, to stir, a variant of Old Sw. ruska, to shake. Cf. Rush; and cf. Ger. rauschen, ruschen, to rustle.]

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  1. luster

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of rustle in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of rustle in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of rustle in a Sentence

  1. Dorothy Parker:

    His voice was a intimate as the rustle of sheets.

  2. Dan Kelly:

    ($13 million) in a matter of hours is nothing short of blinding, the use of loopholes in the bank's procedures makes sense, but trying to rustle up a mule network in one country without making too much noise can't be easy.

  3. Aaron J. Munzer:

    A gentle breeze, a rustle of leaves, it's times like this life pleases with ease.

  4. Shane Lewis:

    You can rustle a chip packet and they know what’s in there, that makes them aggressive. Greg Piper said when Greg Piper visited the site, Greg Piper saw tourists holding out apples, bananas, corn chips and other processed foods to the wild animals, The Guardian reported. Kangaroos typically graze on grasses. A nutritionist for a zoo in Australia said disrupting a kangaroo's diet can result in aggression and health problems. ( Facebook/Kroosn Shuttle Service Pty Ltd) Disrupting the kangaroo’s natural diet can cause health problems, such as stomach ulcers, and cause aggression, according to the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection.

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