- To rustle means to gather or steal cows or horses.
- An example of rustle is to herd cattle.
- An example of rustle is to steal a few cows from a ranch.
- To rustle is things rubbing together or touching and making a soft sound.
An example of rustle is to sort through a handful of papers.
Origin of rustleMiddle English rustelen, frequentative formation ; from Middle English rouslen, akin to earlier Flemish ruysselen ; from West Germanic echoic base
- Informal to work or proceed with, or move, bring, or get by, energetic or vigorous action
- Archaic in the W U.S., to round up (cattle, horses, etc.)
- Informal to steal (cattle, horses, etc.)
Origin of rustle; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps rush + hustle
verbrus·tled, rus·tling, rus·tles
- To move with soft fluttering or crackling sounds: The leaves rustled in the breeze.
- To move or act energetically or while making such sounds: Mice rustled across the floor.
- To steal livestock, especially cattle.
- To cause to rustle: rustled the newspaper.
- To obtain or produce by energetic effort: rustled up some food in the kitchen.
- To steal (livestock, especially cattle).
Origin of rustleMiddle English rustlen, perhaps of imitative origin.
(third-person singular simple present rustles, present participle rustling, simple past and past participle rustled)
- (ergative) To move (something) with a soft crackling sound.
- To make or obtain in a lively, energetic way.
- rustle some food
- rustle up some food
- To steal (cattle or other livestock).