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bustle

verb bus·tle \ ˈbə-səl \

Definition of bustle

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

Definition of bustle

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

Origin and Etymology of bustle


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bustle

noun

Definition of bustle

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

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

verb bus·tle \ ˈbə-səl \

Definition of bustle for Students

bustled; bustling
: to move about in a busy or noisy way

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bustle

noun

Definition of bustle for Students

: busy or noisy activity


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