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bustle

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verb bus·tle \ˈbə-səl\

Simple Definition of bustle

  • : to move or go in a busy or hurried way

  • : to have a lot of busy activity

Full Definition of bustle

bus·tledbus·tling play \ˈbəs-liŋ, ˈbə-sə-\

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to move briskly and often ostentatiously

  3. 2 :  to be busily astir :  teem

bustling adjective
bus·tling·ly play \-liŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of bustle

  1. She bustled around the kitchen getting ready for dinner guests.

  2. <on Saturdays the city's downtown bustles with activity as a farmers' market sets up shop>



Origin of bustle

probably alteration of obsolete buskle to prepare, frequentative of busk, from Old Norse būask to prepare oneself


First Known Use: 1580

Rhymes with bustle


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bustle

noun bus·tle

Definition of bustle

  1. :  noisy, energetic, and often obtrusive activity <the hustle and bustle of the big city>



1621

First Known Use of bustle

1621


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bustle

noun bus·tle

Definition of bustle

  1. :  a pad or framework expanding and supporting the fullness and drapery of the back of a woman's skirt or dress; also :  the drapery so supported



Origin of bustle

origin unknown


First Known Use: 1786



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