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bustle

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verb bus·tle \ˈbə-səl\

Definition of bustle

bustled

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bustling

play \ˈbəs-liŋ, ˈbə-sə-\
  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to move briskly and often ostentatiously bustled around the kitchen

  3. 2 :  to be busily astir :  teem The house was bustling with activity.

Examples of bustle in a Sentence

  1. She bustled around the kitchen getting ready for dinner guests.

  2. on Saturdays the city's downtown bustles with activity as a farmers' market sets up shop

Origin and Etymology of bustle

probably alteration of obsolete buskle to prepare, frequentative of busk, from Old Norse būask to prepare oneself


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bustle

noun bus·tle

Definition of bustle

  1. :  noisy, energetic, and often obtrusive activity the hustle and bustle of the big city

Origin and Etymology of bustle

see 1bustle


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bustle

noun bus·tle

Definition of bustle

  1. clothing :  a pad or framework expanding and supporting the fullness and drapery of the back of a woman's skirt or dress the bustle of a nineteenth century wedding gown; also :  the drapery so supported

Origin and Etymology of bustle

origin unknown


BUSTLE Defined for English Language Learners

bustle

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verb

Definition of bustle for English Language Learners

  • : to move or go in a busy or hurried way

  • : to have a lot of busy activity


BUSTLE Defined for Kids

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bustle

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verb bus·tle \ˈbə-səl\

Definition of bustle for Students

bustled

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bustling

  1. :  to move about in a busy or noisy way


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bustle

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noun bus·tle

Definition of bustle for Students

  1. :  busy or noisy activity



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