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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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 Photo: Donald Miralle/Getty Images for Rock 'n' Roll Marathon NASHVILLE Nashville, a bustling area, will be home to Amazon’s new operations center with more than 5,000 jobs. WSJ, "What Is Amazon Getting From New York City and Virginia?," 13 Nov. 2018 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

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First Known Use of bustling

1582, in the meaning defined above

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grandiloquent, ostentatious, or bombastic

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