rustling

A rustling is a gentle swishing sound, like the rustling of leaves in the trees on a breezy night.

Rustling can be a noun or an adjective, in both cases describing the muffled sound of leaves or paper. A rustling in the pile of leaves in your back yard might turn out to be a squirrel, and your sister may wear a rustling taffeta gown to her prom — its heavy material brushing audibly against her legs as she walks. The origin of rustling is the verb rustle, which is probably imitative — in other words, a word that sounds like its meaning.

Primary Meanings of rustling

1.
nadj
a light noise, like the noise of silk clothing or leaves blowing in the wind
characterized by soft sounds
2.
n
the stealing of cattle
Full Definitions of rustling
1

n a light noise, like the noise of silk clothing or leaves blowing in the wind

Synonyms:
rustle, whisper, whispering
Type of:
noise
sound of any kind (especially unintelligible or dissonant sound)

adj characterized by soft sounds

Synonyms:
murmurous, soughing, susurrous
soft
(of sound) relatively low in volume
2

n the stealing of cattle

Type of:
larceny, stealing, theft, thievery, thieving
the act of taking something from someone unlawfully

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