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rustle

verb rus·tle \ ˈrə-səl \
Updated on: 6 Dec 2017

Definition of rustle

rustled; rustling play \ˈrə-s(ə-)liŋ\
intransitive verb
1 : to make or cause a rustle
2 a : to act or move with energy or speed
b : to forage food
3 : to steal cattle
transitive verb
1 : to cause to rustle
2 a : to obtain by one's own exertions often used with up
  • able to rustle up $5,000 bail
  • —Jack McCallum
b : forage
3 : to steal (livestock) especially from a farm or ranch

rustler

play \ˈrə-s(ə-)lər\ noun

Examples of rustle in a Sentence

  1. The trees rustled in the wind.

  2. Her skirt rustled as she walked.

  3. He rustled the papers on his desk.

Recent Examples of rustle from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of rustle

Middle English rustelen

rustle Synonyms

Synonyms
browse, forage, pasture, 1graze
Antonyms
crawl, creep, poke
Related Words
eat, feed, nibble; range, stock; overgraze
Near Antonyms
dally, dawdle, dillydally, drag, hang (around or out), lag, linger, loiter, poke, tarry; amble, lumber, plod, saunter, shuffle, stroll; decelerate, slow (down or up)

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rustle

noun

Definition of rustle

: a quick succession or confusion of small sounds

Examples of rustle in a Sentence

  1. He heard a rustle of leaves behind him.

Recent Examples of rustle from the Web

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First Known Use of rustle

1624



RUSTLE Defined for English Language Learners

rustle

verb

Definition of rustle for English Language Learners

  • : to make a soft, light sound because parts of something are touching or rubbing against each other

  • : to cause (something) to make a soft, light sound

  • : to steal (animals) from a farm or ranch


rustle

noun

Definition of rustle for English Language Learners

  • : a quick series of soft, light sounds caused when things (such as leaves or pieces of paper) rub against each other


RUSTLE Defined for Kids

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rustle

verb rus·tle \ ˈrə-səl \

Definition of rustle for Students

rustled; rustling
1 : to make or cause to make a quick series of small sounds
  • Leaves rustled in the wind.
2 : to steal (as cattle) from the range

rustler

\ˈrə-slər\ noun

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rustle

noun

Definition of rustle for Students

: a quick series of small sounds
  • From backstage you could hear the rustle of paper programs …
  • —Richard Peck, A Year Down Yonder


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