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1bustle

verb bus·tle \ˈbə-səl\

: to move or go in a busy or hurried way

: to have a lot of busy activity

bus·tledbus·tling \ˈbəs-liŋ, ˈbə-sə-\

Full Definition of BUSTLE

intransitive verb
1
:  to move briskly and often ostentatiously
2
:  to be busily astir :  teem
bustling adjective
bus·tling·ly \-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

2bustle

noun

Definition of BUSTLE

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

First Known Use of BUSTLE

1621

Rhymes with BUSTLE

3bustle

noun

Definition of BUSTLE

:  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

Other Clothing Terms

babushka, brogue, bumbershoot, cravat, dishabille, furbelow, layette, raiment, spectator
BUSTLING Defined for Kids

1bustle

verb bus·tle \ˈbə-səl\
bus·tledbus·tling

Definition of BUSTLE for Kids

:  to move about in a busy or noisy way

2bustle

noun

Definition of BUSTLE for Kids

:  busy or noisy activity

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