bus·​tling | \ ˈbəs-liŋ How to pronounce bustling (audio) , 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

Other Words from bustling

bustlingly adverb
a bustlingly busy area

Examples of bustling in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Hours after the eruption, people in the bustling port city of Çeşme-Bağlararası—which is flanked by two rivers at the end of Çeşme Bay—must have seen the waters of the bay draw back from the shore. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, 5 Jan. 2022 Here, some highlights from the sale: Coco Reef Resort offers guests the best of both worlds with its location right on Elbow Beach, only 10 minutes away from the bustling city of Hamilton. Jessica Poitevien, Travel + Leisure, 4 Jan. 2022 After three decades away from his homeland of Nigeria, Udé returned in 2014 to photograph some of the greatest stars in the country's bustling film industry, known as Nollywood. Rasha Aridi, Smithsonian Magazine, 4 Jan. 2022 The Johri offers a peaceful and stylish oasis in the bustling heart of the city. Kris Fordham, CNN, 3 Jan. 2022 As someone who lives in a bustling city, the thought of venturing out into the wilderness alone is a particularly nerve-wracking one. The Editors, Outside Online, 27 Dec. 2021 Teachers were instructed to fold social-emotional learning into the bustling twenty-minute period at the beginning of the day when kids are putting away their coats and eating breakfast and wandering in late and gabbing. Jessica Winter, The New Yorker, 20 Dec. 2021 So why move a bustling downtown restaurant and wine bar to another space just a baseball-throw away? Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al, 1 Oct. 2021 Rosemary & Thyme is a bustling restaurant located in downtown Sarasota. Judy Koutsky, Forbes, 15 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of bustling

1582, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of bustling was in 1582

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10 Jan 2022

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“Bustling.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bustling. Accessed 17 Jan. 2022.

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