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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Improve shooting compared to last year certainly is a solid zone buster, as Oats notes. Michael Casagrande | Mcasagrande@al.com, al, 3 Jan. 2023 Millions of Americans visited bricks-and-mortar stores on Black Friday as people return to prepandemic habits, though door-buster deals weren’t back with their former force. WSJ, 26 Nov. 2022 Hawley positions himself as a trust-buster, mainly out of Trumpian animosity against Amazon and its founder, Jeff Bezos, who owns The Washington Post. Timothy Noah, The New Republic, 2 Dec. 2022 That detail is the other reason this might not be the best game on paper for FCD to use as a slump-buster. Jon Arnold, Dallas News, 22 July 2022 Friends, extended family, neighbors, co-workers—you've got to find perfect presents for them all, which can be a real budget-buster. Jill Gleeson, Country Living, 28 Nov. 2022 Jones was 22 of 32 yards for 321 yards with no touchdowns and three interceptions, including a gut-buster in the end zone on third and goal from the Baltimore 10 with 9:06 left. Christopher L. Gasper, BostonGlobe.com, 26 Sep. 2022 Elon Musk, zillionaire king of the nerds, alt-right meme lord, and committed union buster, is not the guy who’s gonna figure it out. WSJ, 31 Oct. 2022 No shutout tonight, but progress against Alabama’s favorite slump buster from Starkville. Michael Casagrande | Mcasagrande@al.com, al, 23 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1614, in the meaning defined at sense 3

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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 8 Feb. 2023.

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