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

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Other Words from bustling

bustlingly adverb
a bustlingly busy area

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Today the cactuses have been replaced by construction cranes in what is now a bustling area known as Kierland. Candace Taylor, WSJ, "Scottsdale Grows ‘Up’," 11 Apr. 2019 Enjoy a cappuccino or a glass of red wine at a café with a view out to a bustling street. Gena Kaufman, Glamour, "21 Rainy-Day Date Ideas That Aren't Another Movie," 30 Mar. 2019 To cleanse her face of pollution from the bustling New York City streets and heavy makeup from photoshoots, Gale uses a makeup removing cloth from Face Halo. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Watch Victoria's Secret Model Kelly Gale's Nighttime Beauty Routine," 12 Mar. 2019 This past week, designer Jonathan Simkhai welcomed friends and family into his flagship store and studio, nestled in the bustling center of La Cienega Boulevard, for a shopping affair to raise funds for the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Vogue, "Jonathan Simkhai Hosts a Shopping Fundraiser for the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles," 22 Mar. 2019 Summertime agricultural fairs are smorgasbords of brilliant pattern, brash signage, cartoonish prizes, and bustling activity. BostonGlobe.com, "The Ticket: What’s happening in the local arts world," 1 June 2018 Margaret Collacott would be happy to see all of the bustling activity at her parents' summer home, Targett says. Marc Bona, cleveland.com, "Barroco to expand to Crocker Park in Westlake," 18 Apr. 2018 Enter one of the town’s unassuming restaurants, however, and you're transported into a bustling scene straight out of Brooklyn, complete with fanciful cocktails. Hannah Zisman, Marie Claire, "Weekend Travel Guide: Where to Stay, Eat and Drink in Marfa, Texas," 24 July 2018 The airport version of CNN, which launched back in 1992, airs in roughly 60 of America’s most bustling travel hubs. Brian Flood, Fox News, "Growing questions about CNN's airport monopoly as network veers left," 23 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of bustling

1582, in the meaning defined above

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