Definition of rustle noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈrʌsl//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈrʌsl//
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[singular] a light dry sound like leaves or pieces of paper moving or rubbing against each other There was a rustle of paper as people turned the pages. I heard a faint rustle in the bushes. With a rustle of wings the bird landed on the window ledge. Word Originlate Middle English (as a verb): imitative; compare with Flemish rijsselen and Dutch ritselen. The noun dates from the mid 18th cent.
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