busk·​er | \ ˈbə-skər How to pronounce busker (audio) \

Definition of busker

chiefly British
: a person who entertains in a public place for donations

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busk \ ˈbəsk How to pronounce busker (audio) \ intransitive verb

Examples of busker in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In a banking hub full of office workers, Mr. Kwok, who died last month at 68, was a rare figure: a full-time busker with a rockabilly pompadour. New York Times, "Melvis Kwok, Tireless Elvis Impersonator in Hong Kong, Dies at 68," 15 Jan. 2021 Frida’s owner, a nomadic busker, died, leaving her forlorn; unlike a horse, a dog craves friendship. Los Angeles Times, "For Jane Smiley in the year 2020, tough times call for furry tales," 3 Dec. 2020 The global hit is a bouncy, fun song, but it was born out of Watson's frustration while being a busker in her home of Australia. Leah Asmelash, CNN, "Tones and I's 'Dance Monkey' becomes most Shazamed song of all time," 29 Nov. 2020 The sound of a busker playing a trumpet can carry for blocks. Ian Mcnulty, NOLA.com, "Pat O’Brien’s, Bayona, more French Quarter restaurants reopening because now 'it’s a necessity’," 4 Sep. 2020 Angelique said Shader, who goes by Sam, plays the ukulele and spent years on the road working as a busker. Tim Stelloh, NBC News, "Prosecutors say she tried to firebomb an NYPD van. Her friends say she's a 'regular girl'," 4 June 2020 The buskers have been banished; the perambulators have perished. Rachel Schallom, Fortune, "Diary of a lockdown: What it feels like in 16 cities during the pandemic," 21 Mar. 2020 Kennedy, a former busker, leads the midweek albums chart, with the Beatles’ classic album dropping to No. Lars Brandle, Billboard, "Tones And I, Dermot Kennedy Lead U.K. Midweek Charts," 8 Oct. 2019 There are no cops patrolling on foot, no buskers with guitars and collection tins, no homeless men seeking spare change for bus fare. Staff, Indianapolis Star, "Our Hoosier life: One day in Indiana under coronavirus," 23 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of busker

1851, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for busker

busk, probably from Italian buscare to procure, gain, from Spanish buscar to look for

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“Busker.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/busker. Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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