I. verb (rustled; rustling) Etymology: Middle English rustelen Date: 14th century 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 (as livestock) especially from a farm or ranch • rustler noun II. noun Date: 1759 a quick succession or confusion of small sounds

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  • Rustle — Rus tle, n. A quick succession or confusion of small sounds, like those made by shaking leaves or straw, by rubbing silk, or the like; a rustling. [1913 Webster] When the noise of a torrent, the rustle of a wood, the song of birds, or the play of …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • rustle — [n] whisper, swish crackle, crepitation, crinkling, friction, noise, patter, ripple, rustling, sound, stir; concept 595 rustle [v] swish, whisper crackle, crepitate, crinkle, hum, murmur, patter, sigh, stir, tap, whir, whish, whoosh; concept 65 …   New thesaurus

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  • rustle — rustle1 [rus′əl] vi., vt. rustled, rustling [ME rustelen, freq. formation < ME rouslen, akin to earlier Fl ruysselen < WGmc echoic base] to make or cause to make an irregular succession of soft sounds, as of leaves being moved by a gentle… …   English World dictionary

  • rustle — rus|tle1 [ˈrʌsəl] v [Date: 1300 1400; Origin: From the sound;] [Sense: 2; Origin: probably influenced in meaning by hustle] 1.) [I and T] if leaves, papers, clothes etc rustle, or if you rustle them, they make a noise as they rub against each… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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  • rustle — {{11}}rustle (n.) 1759, from RUSTLE (Cf. rustle) (v.). {{12}}rustle (v.) to emit soft, rapid sounds, late 14c. (implied in rustling), of uncertain origin, perhaps imitative (Cf. M.L.G. ruschen, M.Du. ruusscen, Ger. rauschen to rustle ). Related:… …   Etymology dictionary

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