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 History The city was once a bustling mill town, home to the largest cotton mill in the country. BostonGlobe.com, "Five reasons to visit Biddeford, Maine - The Boston Globe," 14 Oct. 2019 Begin in London and enjoy Belmond's modern take on high-tea (curated by Adam Handling), a visit to the V&A, and spend nights at the theater or exploring the city's bustling nightlife scene. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Inside London's Chicest New Hotel—and a One-Of-A-Kind Manor in Oxfordshire," 15 Nov. 2019 Those improvements are just a few that have been in the works for years by campus and county leaders to make the bustling area outside campus a safe place for pedestrians to roam. Tess Sheets, orlandosentinel.com, "With pedestrian safety plan 2 years from finish, serious crashes continue near UCF campus," 14 Nov. 2019 In the title role of the bustling busybody Dolly Levi, Carolee Carmello has a singing voice that’s almost too good for this obstreperous character, which (at least when Carol Channing played her) is known for her nasal whine. Christopher Arnott, courant.com, "Review: ‘Hello, Dolly!’ an old-fashioned hoot at The Bushnell," 13 Nov. 2019 Come this June, however, visitors will encounter a jarring sight amid the bustling park: a tall grove of spindly dead cedar trees. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "A ‘Ghost Forest’ Destroyed by Hurricane Sandy Will Be Resurrected in New York," 13 Nov. 2019 In a bustling city, all sorts of things can happen, and tour guides must be prepared to handle anything that comes their way, especially the fickle New England weather. BostonGlobe.com, "even as locals pass by without a glance.," 12 Nov. 2019 Jenna Bush Hager‘s peaceful Long Island, New York, home is a world away from her bustling life as a Today show cohost in New York City. Helen Murphy, PEOPLE.com, "See Inside Jenna Bush Hager's Cozy Long Island Cottage — Plus, Why It Reminds Her of Texas," 1 Nov. 2019 The restaurant is being built in Seoul’s Hongdae neighborhood, a bustling area known for fancy bars and nightclubs. Washington Post, "North Korean-themed restaurant in Seoul removes Kim images," 16 Sep. 2019

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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 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Bustling.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bustling. Accessed 14 December 2019.

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