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

Examples of busker in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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 Performing artists are live-streaming their talents on Facebook and Instagram, like virtual buskers. Washington Post, "This orchestra in Little Rock is performing bedtime lullabies for your self-quarantine," 17 Mar. 2020 For adults looking for a little interaction of their own, Kentucky Shakespeare has also partnered with Louisville's nonprofit literary press Saraband Books, who will have strolling buskers at the performances creating interactive poetry for guests. Kathryn Gregory, The Courier-Journal, "Free 2020 Kentucky Shakespeare Festival features 'Shakespeare in Love,' Henry V' and more," 23 Feb. 2020 The main square is filled with Mexican families on holiday, laughing children running on the grass and buying balloons from street vendors, and couples sipping coffee from portico -covered cafes, serenaded by buskers. BostonGlobe.com, "Get yourself to Puebla, Mexico’s best-kept vacation secret, before the secret is out - The Boston Globe," 1 Nov. 2019 Taylor headed straight to New York City’s East Village after graduating, ending up as a Washington Square Park busker. Raisa Bruner, Time, "'I Knew Inevitably It Would Betray You.' James Taylor on Avoiding the Trap of Celebrity," 6 Feb. 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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The first known use of busker was in 1851

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17 Jun 2020

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“Busker.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/busker. Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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