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

     

    rustle

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    BrE BrE//ˈrʌsl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈrʌsl//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they rustle
    BrE BrE//ˈrʌsl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈrʌsl//
     
    he / she / it rustles
    BrE BrE//ˈrʌslz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈrʌslz//
     
    past simple rustled
    BrE BrE//ˈrʌsld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈrʌsld//
     
    past participle rustled
    BrE BrE//ˈrʌsld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈrʌsld//
     
    -ing form rustling
    BrE BrE//ˈrʌslɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈrʌslɪŋ//
     
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] rustle (something) if something dry and light rustles or you rustle it, it makes a sound like paper, leaves, etc. moving or rubbing together the sound of the trees rustling in the breeze Her silk dress rustled as she moved.
  2. 2[transitive] rustle something to steal farm animals See related entries: Committing crime
  3. Word Origin late Middle English (as a verb): imitative; compare with Flemish rijsselen and Dutch ritselen. The noun dates from the mid 18th cent.Extra examples The wind rustled in the bushes. the sound of the leaves rustling softly the sound of their feet rustling through the grass Phrasal Verbsrustle somethingup (for somebody)
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