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The two words (adjectives) I found in Yahoo Answers site, that perhaps (I am not sure) describe the sound of turning pages, when they rifled by the wind: fluttering and flapping.

Other than those adjectives mentioned above, is there any noun or noun phrase that refer to the sound of turning pages when being rifled by a wind. The word that I need doesn't necessarily have to do with the sound produced when we manually (by hands) turn the page(s) of books.

I heard the ______ of the turning pages, as they were rifled by the wind.

picture of turning pages

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    Flap, flutter (as you suggested), slap, whipping, whirring... or you might just refer to hearing the wind rifling the pages - most readers would understand that as a sound on its own.
    – Mike C
    Oct 2, 2018 at 10:40
  • @Mari-LouA, it's been edited by James. :)
    – Ahmed
    Oct 2, 2018 at 12:11

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That's a flutter. It looks like a verb, but it's also a noun.

Flutter means to move back and forth rapidly. Flags flutter in the wind. Leaves flutter to the ground. Flutter also exists as a noun—you might feel a flutter in your heart when you're excited.

So your example sentence should be:

  • I heard the flutter of the turning pages, as they were rifled by the wind.

Someone can regard it as a paper flutter as well.

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    Flutter isn't a sound, it's a movement.
    – AndyT
    Oct 2, 2018 at 10:53
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    You can still hear such a movement. Good answer flutter is.
    – user22542
    Oct 2, 2018 at 11:01
  • @user22542 - Yes, and I can hear the sound of a car skidding, but "skidding" is not "a word denoting the sound" which is what the OP asked for. "Squeal" or "screech" would be appropriate instead.
    – AndyT
    Oct 2, 2018 at 11:10
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I'd go for the verb to rustle:

to make a succession of slight, soft sounds, as of parts rubbing gently one on another, as leaves, silks, or papers.

dictionary.com

In particular I'd use the -ing form:

I heard the rustling of the turning pages, as they were rifled by the wind.

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  • But I did not downvote this.
    – user296301
    Oct 2, 2018 at 11:33
  • Is rustling a noun here?
    – user296301
    Oct 2, 2018 at 12:00
  • Rustling sounds perfect, wether it's a gerund or noun.
    – user296301
    Oct 2, 2018 at 12:01
  • Rustle is also a noun, as mentioned by Oxford and Cambridge Dictionaries.
    – Ahmed
    Oct 2, 2018 at 12:07
  • @JamesWolpert - It's definitely a gerund and/or a noun... (I've never been too hot on whether a gerund is a noun or whether it's just acting as one. If you scroll down the dictionary.com link, in the British dictionary section it does state that "rustling" can be a noun, but I don't know whether it is in this case or not.)
    – AndyT
    Oct 2, 2018 at 13:17
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I looked for an adjective for the sound of flipping pages as in when you thumb through a book to find the right page and couldn't find one that fit so I made up my own sound, "fripping." I'm going with that.

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