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.

Definitions of rustling
  1. noun
    a light noise, like the noise of silk clothing or leaves blowing in the wind
    synonyms: rustle, whisper, whispering
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    type of:
    sound of any kind (especially unintelligible or dissonant sound)
  2. adjective
    characterized by soft sounds
    synonyms: murmurous, soughing, susurrous
    (of sound) relatively low in volume
  3. noun
    the stealing of cattle
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    type of:
    larceny, stealing, theft, thievery, thieving
    the act of taking something from someone unlawfully
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