bust·​er | \ ˈbə-stər How to pronounce buster (audio) \

Definition of buster

1a chiefly Midland : someone or something extraordinary a buster of a breakfast— Harriet B. Stowe
b : an unusually sturdy child
c often capitalized : fellow usually used as a form of address hey buster, come here
2 chiefly Australia : a sudden violent wind often coming from the south
3 : one that breaks, breaks up, or eliminates something crime busters : such as
a : plow
b [short for broncobuster] : a person who breaks horses
4 : a bad fall

Examples of buster in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Abel says this kind of sonic dust-buster might be installed in equipment such as solar panels that need to be cleared of dust in order to collect enough light to power a lunar base. Eric Niiler, Wired, 19 Aug. 2021 The fire has already joined the state’s top 20 largest list; last year was a record-buster, accounting for five of the six largest wildfires in state history, including the No. 1 August Complex at a mammoth 1.03 million acres. Kellie Hwang, San Francisco Chronicle, 26 July 2021 Today, community gardens offer us the chance to sink our hands into the soil of our own accord, without regard for an overseer’s whip or a union buster’s gun. Justin Phillips, San Francisco Chronicle, 11 July 2021 Selena leaned into the hottest swimwear trends of 2021 (buster tops, criss-cross straps, halter cuts, high-rise bottoms, etc.), but added her own unique sense of style with a bright, psychedelic print. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, 6 July 2021 But a presentation can either be a personal brand builder or a personal brand buster. William Arruda, Forbes, 22 June 2021 Last year was a record-buster, with nearly 10,000 blazes burning more than 4 million acres. Kellie Hwang, San Francisco Chronicle, 30 June 2021 Typically, the Phoenix Mercury would not welcome the Los Angeles Sparks as a potential slump buster opponent. Jeff Metcalfe, The Arizona Republic, 15 June 2021 Perhaps playing against her former team for the first time will be a slump buster for Mercury guard Kia Nurse, 4-of-21 overall and 3-of-14 from 3-point range in the last two games. Jeff Metcalfe, The Arizona Republic, 13 June 2021

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First Known Use of buster

1614, in the meaning defined at sense 3

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16 Sep 2021

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“Buster.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/buster. Accessed 17 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of buster

: a person or thing that stops or prevents something
: a person or thing that breaks something apart
used to address a man who is behaving in a way you do not like

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