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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A week at a ski resort, a quick beach trip, or a stay in one of the country's most bustling cities all call for a particular type of packing list. Nicola Fumo, Town & Country, "What to Pack for Every Type of Holiday Trip," 21 Dec. 2018 Tucked under a bustling underpass in Brooklyn, there’s a thin storefront sandwiched between two run-of-the-mill apartment buildings. Zachary Weiss, Vogue, "Brooklyn’s Bar Beau Is the Latest Hidden Hotspot You Need to Visit," 24 Nov. 2018 To check out the bustling city of Vancouver—and to watch Lori, of course!—tune into Homegrown Christmas on Hallmark Channel. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "Hallmark's 'Homegrown Christmas' Was Filmed in This Massively Popular Canadian City," 8 Dec. 2018 According to a 2015 Wired article, the facility had enough communications equipment to provide telephone service for a bustling city of 10,000. Matt Blitz, Popular Mechanics, "Houston, We Have a Resurrection: How Mission Control Came Back from the Brink," 27 Nov. 2018 Belltown resident Elizabeth Campbell, who pushed the city to open the center in 2012, says the parks department could have selected a more bustling corner and offered more creative programs. Daniel Beekman, The Seattle Times, "These are Seattle’s fastest growing neighborhoods. Next year, they’ll lose their only community center.," 22 Oct. 2018 With fabulous shopping, fresh Mediterranean cuisine, and bustling beach clubs, Mykonos has become a go-to destination for hip jetsetters in search of the ultimate European holiday. Lindsay Silberman, Town & Country, "The Best Room At...Grace Mykonos," 20 Sep. 2018 Ahead of the launch, Anderson spoke to BAZAAR.com about her first experience with designing a collection, the inspiration behind the pieces, and how her bustling career has shaped her personal style. Isabel Greenberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Gillian Anderson Is Breaking into Fashion with a Capsule Collection for Winser London," 1 Sep. 2018 In Buena Park, a bustling business district serves as a kind of suburban Koreatown, offering an endless array of restaurants along with K-pop dance studios and a Korean movie theater. Jennifer Medina, New York Times, "Awe, Gratitude, Fear: Conflicting Emotions for Korean-Americans in the Era of Trump," 10 May 2018

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First Known Use of bustling

1582, in the meaning defined above

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