rustle

verb
rus·​tle | \ ˈrə-səl How to pronounce rustle (audio) \
rustled; rustling\ ˈrə-​s(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce rustling (audio) \

Definition of rustle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to make or cause a rustle
2a : to act or move with energy or speed
b : to forage food
3 : to steal cattle

transitive verb

1 : to cause to rustle
2a : 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

rustle

noun

Definition of rustle (Entry 2 of 2)

: a quick succession or confusion of small sounds

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from rustle

Verb

rustler \ ˈrə-​s(ə-​)lər How to pronounce rustler (audio) \ noun

Synonyms for rustle

Synonyms: Verb

browse, forage, graze, pasture

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

Examples of rustle in a Sentence

Verb

The trees rustled in the wind. Her skirt rustled as she walked. He rustled the papers on his desk.

Noun

He heard a rustle of leaves behind him.
See More

First Known Use of rustle

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Noun

1624, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for rustle

Verb

Middle English rustelen

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about rustle

Statistics for rustle

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for rustle

The first known use of rustle was in the 14th century

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for rustle

rustle

verb

English Language Learners Definition of rustle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

English Language Learners Definition of rustle (Entry 2 of 2)

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

rustle

verb
rus·​tle | \ ˈrə-səl How to pronounce rustle (audio) \
rustled; rustling

Kids Definition of rustle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

Other Words from rustle

rustler \ ˈrə-​slər \ noun

rustle

noun

Kids Definition of rustle (Entry 2 of 2)

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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on rustle

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with rustle

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for rustle

Spanish Central: Translation of rustle

Nglish: Translation of rustle for Spanish Speakers

Comments on rustle

What made you want to look up rustle? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

a usually brief trip or an expedition

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Summer 2019 Words of the Day Quiz

  • a-bowl-of-peach-sorbet-with-cut-peaches-next-to-it
  • Which is a synonym of desideratum?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!