- 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.
- 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.
rustle definition by Webster's New World
Origin: Middle English rustelen, frequentative formation ; from Middle English rouslen, akin to earlier Flemish ruysselen ; from West Germanic echoic base
- rustlingly adverb
- 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: ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps rush plush hustle
- rustler noun
rustle definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb rus·tled, rus·tling, rus·tles verb, intransitive
- To move with soft fluttering or crackling sounds.
- To move or act energetically or with speed.
- To forage food.
- To steal livestock, especially cattle.
- To cause to rustle.
- To obtain by rustling: rustled up some food in the kitchen.
- To steal (livestock, especially cattle).
Origin: Middle English rustlen, perhaps of imitative origin.
- rusˈtler noun
- rusˈtling·ly adverb
rustle - Phrases/Idioms