Rustle Rus"tle, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Rustled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Rustling}.] [AS. hristlan to rustle; or cf. Sw. rusta to stir, make a riot, or E. rush, v.] 1. To make a quick succession of small sounds, like the rubbing or moving of silk cloth or dry leaves. [1913 Webster]

He is coming; I hear his straw rustle. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Prouder than rustling in unpaid-for silk. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. To stir about energetically; to strive to succeed; to bustle about. [Slang, Western U.S.] [1913 Webster]

3. To steal; -- used of livestock and esp. of cattle. [PJC]

{To rustle up} To gather or find by searching; as, to rustle up some food for supper. [PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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