Quick answer
"Whispering" is a noun which is often translated as "el cuchicheo", and "rustling" is a noun which is often translated as "el crujido". Learn more about the difference between "whispering" and "rustling" below.
whispering
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (soft speech)
a. el cuchicheo
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
He heard whispering in the next room, but when he went to investigate, there was only silence.Oyó cuchicheo en la habitación de al lado, pero cuando fue a investigar, solo había silencio.
2. (gossip)
a. los rumores
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The president heard whispering that her vice-president was secretly colluding with the enemy.El presidente escuchó rumores de que su vicepresidente estaba actuando en connivencia con el enemigo.
b. la murmuración
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
I hate small towns where you have to put up with whispering and gossip.Detesto los pueblos chicos donde hay que soportar la murmuración y el chisme.
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rustling
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (sound)
a. el crujido
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(leaves, paper, cloth)
I love to walk into class in the morning and hear the rustling of books.Me encanta entrar a la clase por la mañana y oír el crujido de los libros.
b. el susurro
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(leaves)
The rustling of the leaves in the fall is very romantic to me.El susurro de las hojas en el otoño me parece muy romántico.
c. el frufrú
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(cloth)
There was a lot of rustling as the girl tried on the new dress.Se oyó un frufrú cuando la muchacha se probaba el vestido nuevo.
2. (act of stealing)
a. el robo
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
What are you in jail for? - Sheep rustling.¿Por qué estás en la cárcel? - Por robo de ovejas.
b. el cuatrerismo
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The farmer branded his cattle to fight rustling.El granjero marcó sus reses para luchar contra el cuatrerismo.
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