bust·​er ˈbə-stər How to pronounce buster (audio)
chiefly Midland US : someone or something extraordinary
a buster of a breakfastHarriet B. Stowe
: an unusually sturdy child
often capitalized : fellow
usually used as a form of address
hey buster, come here
chiefly Australia : a sudden violent wind often coming from the south
: one that breaks, breaks up, or eliminates something
crime busters
: such as
: plow
[short for broncobuster] : a person who breaks horses
: a bad fall

Examples of buster in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The series, unlike its heroine, can’t generate laughs just by doing nothing — especially because, despite its setting in the comedy world, it’s always been more of a vibes show than a relentless gut buster. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 2 May 2024 Michigan apples:The harvest is expected to be a sweet bushel buster Pawpaws Filled with a sweet, creamy custard akin to the flavor of a banana or mango, pawpaws are native to Michigan and 25 other Midwestern states. Detroit Free Press, 14 Mar. 2024 Let’s Color Your Worries Away Need a stress buster? Cristian Esteban, Rolling Stone, 26 Dec. 2023 Try The Indigo Cleansing Balm or Camellia Cleansing Oil — both of these makeup busters make an excellent first step. Annie Blackman, Allure, 28 Nov. 2023 Between shopping for gifts and gatherings, not to mention all the trimmings, getting into the spirit of the season can turn into a serious budget buster. Sarah Lemire, Better Homes & Gardens, 28 Nov. 2023 Others will ship family members off to nursing homes or senior villages, but that’s a budget buster too. Steve Lopez, Los Angeles Times, 23 Sep. 2023 Rolen left an impact on the 2023 Reds One at-bat doesn’t provide enough time or space to define a slump buster. Gordon Wittenmyer, The Enquirer, 23 July 2023 The nation’s top graft buster said last month that authorities would conduct a year-long, nationwide crackdown to root out corruption in the pharmaceutical sector. BostonGlobe.com, 14 Aug. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1614, in the meaning defined at sense 3

Time Traveler
The first known use of buster was in 1614

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“Buster.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/buster. Accessed 20 May. 2024.

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