bus·​tling ˈbəs-liŋ How to pronounce bustling (audio)
: 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
bustlingly adverb
a bustlingly busy area

Examples of bustling in a Sentence

a bustling greeter was there to welcome guests to the grand opening a bustling shopping center during the Christmas season
Recent Examples on the Web The influx of international jet-setters to Europe has caused some bustling destinations to enact anti-tourism policies such as bans on new hotels and day-tripper fees. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 15 July 2024 Situated in downtown Roanoke, the market is just steps from fantastic restaurants, hotels, bustling breweries, and local museums. Erin Gifford, Southern Living, 12 July 2024 Delta Air Lines says travelers are avoiding the city this summer and booking to destinations elsewhere, amounting to a $100 million hit for the airline during an otherwise bustling summer for European travel, CEO Ed Bastian said. Leslie Josephs, CNBC, 11 July 2024 What were once places full of bustling crowds, racing rollercoasters, and the wafting smell of fried fair food are now empty, haunting spaces only explored by the curious and daring. Allix Cott, Architectural Digest, 9 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for bustling 

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Word History

First Known Use

1582, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bustling was in 1582

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“Bustling.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bustling. Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

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