rustle, v. 1. swish, whisper, whoosh, susurrate, sibilate; crinkle, tinkle, ripple; swash, plash.
2. move, stir, sway, agitate, flutter, wave, flap.
3. U.S. Informal, poach, abduct, plunder, kidnap, pirate; steal, purloin, filch, SI. lift, SI. liberate.
4. rustle up U.S. Informal, hunt, find, forage, get, gather, assemble, scout out.
-n. 5. whoosh, froufrou, whisper, susurration, susurrus, rustling, crinkling, crinkle, ripple, rippling, swash, plash.
rustling, adj. swishing, whooshing, susurrous, susur-rant, whispering, sibilant, crinkling, rippling; stirring, waving, swaying, rusty, adj. 1. oxidized, patinated, aeruginous; cor
roded, rusted, incrusted, stained, tarnished.
2. rust-colored, reddish, reddish-yellow, reddish-brown, yellowish-red. See russet.
3. (of clothes, drapery, etc.) faded, shabby, worn, worn thin, worn-out, time-worn, dilapidated, holey, falling apart, coming apart, needing mending or patching.
4. impaired, diminished, weak, feeble; below par, unpracticed, out of practice; out of shape, soft, stiff, sluggish, poorly; unalert, SI. without the old pizzazz.
rut, n. 1. furrow, groove, crack, track, cart or car path or track, slough; hollow, indentation, depression, gouge, stria; gutter, ditch, fosse, trench, channel, canal; wrinkle, line, seam, scar.
2. routine, pattern, system, habit, custom; grind, daily grind, treadmill, assembly line, Inf. rat race; dead end, stagnation.
-v. 3. furrow, dig, excavate, scoop out, hollow out, groove.
4. be in heat, be in estrus, Chiefly Brit, tup, oe sexually excited.
ruthful, adj. compassionate, pitiful, merciful; clement, mild, lenient, soft-hearted, kind-hearted, kind; indulgent, forbearing, exorable; forgiving, humane, long-suffering, tolerant; nice, gracious, hospitable; beneficent, benign, benevolent, philanthropic; sympathetic, understanding, empathic; sorrowful, comforting, commiserative, condolatory; obliging, friendly, brotherly, amicable, loving, good, ruthless, adj. merciless, unmerciful, pitiless, unpity-ing, compassionless, uncompassionate; relentless, unrelenting, remorseless, implacable, inexorable, unsparing, unforgiving; heartless, unfeeling, cold, stony, steely, inflexible, inclement; hard, harsh, severe, stern; fell, grim, dire; adamant, hard-hearted, marble-hearted, adamantine; cruel, vicious, barbarous, inhuman, truculent, rancorous; vindictive, revengeful, vengeful, retaliatory; ferocious, savage, brutal, ferine; malevolent, malign, malignant, maleficent; cutthroat, murderous, bloodthirsty.
ruthlessly, adv. heartlessly, mercilessly, pitilessly, unmercifully, unpityingly; relentlessly, remorselessly, inexorably, implacably; with a vengeance, without mercy, spitefully, unforgivingly; unscrupulously, without feeling, without compassion, without compunction; cold-bloodedly, in cold blood, with malice aforethought, deliberately; cruelly, harshly, severely, savagely, brutally, inhumanly, barbarously, ruthlessness, n. mercilessness, pitilessness, heartlessly, unkindness, hard-heartedness; relentlessness, remorselessness, implacability, inexorability, uncompas-sionateness, unforgivingness; unfeelingness, coldness, inflexibility, hardness, harshness, severeness, severity, grimness, sternness; cruelty, viciousness, barbarity, barbarousness, ferocity, fierceness, savagery, truculence; brutality, brutishness, inhumanity; sadism, masochism; fiendishness, deviltry, diablery.