bus·tling | \ ˈbəs-liŋ , ˈbə-sə- \

Definition of bustling 

: full of lively activity : busily astir a bustling market bustling streets Commercial ships and recreational boats were serviced by a bustling marine industry.AAG Abstracts

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Other words from bustling

bustlingly adverb
a bustlingly busy area

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There are plans to renovate the plaza, adding green space and playgrounds and creating more of a destination on a bustling strip of the waterfront. New York Times, "Jersey City Makes a Statement With Fireworks Over the Hudson," 3 July 2018 Pausing on a bustling street to buy food, Vaceliza Villa didn't pay attention to a noisy campaign marching through the heart of Caracas' biggest slum, Petare. Fabiola Sanchez And Scott Smith, Fox News, "Grave crisis drives apathy in Venezuelan election," 17 May 2018 Pausing on a bustling street to buy food, Vaceliza Villa didn’t pay attention to a noisy campaign marching through the heart of Caracas’ biggest slum, Petare. Washington Post, "Grave crisis drives apathy in Venezuelan election," 17 May 2018 The song begins with a bustling horn section and soft chimes before switching to a smooth beat and sparse piano. Hannah Steinkopf-frank, RedEye Chicago, "Sen Morimoto gets moody with his saxophone," 11 July 2018 The stalls—which each rent for $125 a day—are a bustling scene. WSJ, "New York Couple Happy as Clams Selling Fish," 2 July 2018 Over the last year, he’s seen the new businesses transform the once quiet street into a bustling destination. Gustavo Solis, sandiegouniontribune.com, "San Diegans watch Mexico get eliminated from World Cup," 2 July 2018 And for those who want to live in the bustling new block? Sarah Bahr, Indianapolis Star, "Here's what's in store for the $300 million Bottleworks project on Mass Ave," 29 June 2018 Description: An elite group of urbanites balance love, career, family and friendships amid the bustling backdrop of the Big Apple. Trenesha N Striggles, azcentral, "Here's the shows you should binge-watch while it's hot outside," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of bustling

1582, in the meaning defined above

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