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

Examples of bustling in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Just days before Georgia’s Senate runoff election, Kasey Carpenter strode into his bustling Southern home-style restaurant and got straight to the point. Jenny Jarvie, Los Angeles Times, "‘It is a cliffhanger’: Republicans worry Trump’s moves could depress turnout in Georgia Senate runoffs," 4 Jan. 2021 This neighborhood café opened on a bustling stretch of Magazine Street in 2015. Ian Mcnulty | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, "Remembering restaurants New Orleans lost in the pandemic, from big names to local gems," 30 Dec. 2020 The Civilian Office of Police Accountability posted 14 body camera videos on its website, as well as five videos from security cameras, that captured the incident and its aftermath along a bustling strip of 26th Street near Ridgeway Avenue. Jeremy Gorner, chicagotribune.com, "Chicago’s police watchdog agency releases bodycam, security video of police shooting involving armed man," 22 Dec. 2020 Housed on a bustling corner of Avenue J in Midwood, Di Fara has been slinging pies since 1965, after founder Dom De Marco emigrated from Italy to Brooklyn. Amy Schulman, Travel + Leisure, "How to Eat Like a New Yorker Wherever You Are," 8 Dec. 2020 The nationwide lockdowns were yet to be announced, but Herat Province—which shares a bustling border with Iran, a country hit hard by the pandemic—was also reeling toward a crisis. Ruchi Kumar, Quartz, "The Covid-19 pandemic is driving new cases of polio in Afghanistan," 8 Dec. 2020 Factories followed as the river became a bustling industrial waterway. New York Times, "‘It Makes Me Angry’: These Are the Jobless in a City Filled With Wealth," 7 Dec. 2020 The 2020 version didn’t have quite the same look of previous, far more bustling Saturdays after Thanksgiving — patrons shopped in masks and face shields, and many retailers were either boarded up temporarily or out of business permanently. Karen Pearlman, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Small Business Saturday a lifeline to struggling retailers this year," 28 Nov. 2020 Officials said Garza was shot in broad daylight just after noon, in a bustling parking lot located on West American Canyon Road. Megan Cassidy, SFChronicle.com, "American Canyon Safeway employee fatally shot in store’s parking lot," 16 Aug. 2020

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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 2021

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“Bustling.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bustling. Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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