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 busk (audio) \ intransitive verb

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Photograph buskers strumming on Grafton Street and stroll in the footsteps of Oscar Wilde, Bram Stoker, and W. B. Yeats, all of whom lived on beautiful Merrion Square. National Geographic, "Ireland High School Expedition," 12 June 2019 Other buskers have since challenged Puryear for the same spot. Stephanie Farr, Philly.com, "Old City busker promotes love with his signs and his sax, Miss Nasty | We the People," 3 July 2018 Southampton, unlike New York City, isn’t especially tolerant of buskers. Emily Glazer, WSJ, "The Fanciest Busking Gig in America: Outside a Gas Station in the Hamptons," 3 Aug. 2018 In the meantime, the parks department will provide the area outdoor activities, including concerts, dancing, pickle ball and buskers, Schulkin said. Daniel Beekman, The Seattle Times, "These are Seattle’s fastest growing neighborhoods. Next year, they’ll lose their only community center.," 22 Oct. 2018 Led by a guide (plus a 'busker' who accompanies the tour) groups of up to 25 meet at music venue Koko, appropriately enough. Julia Buckley, Condé Nast Traveler, "15 Best Walking Tours in London," 27 Feb. 2018 In this corner of Philly, Puryear is much more than a busker. Stephanie Farr, Philly.com, "Old City busker promotes love with his signs and his sax, Miss Nasty | We the People," 3 July 2018 The bruin busker that delights locals and tourists alike on the streets of Boston has sustained an injury that has kept him from accepting at least one gig. Jon Chesto, BostonGlobe.com, "Keytar Bear in hibernation after breaking foot," 15 May 2018 The buskers will be able to use card readers that plug into their smartphones, which will allow a passer-by to use their contactless card to tip the musician. Natasha Bach, Fortune, "You Can Now Tip That Street Performer With a Credit Card If You'd Like," 29 May 2018

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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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