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 During the 19th century, a bustling pipe-making district at the intersection of four Montreal neighborhoods catered to Canadians in need of a tobacco fix. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Archaeologists Unearth 19th-Century Kiln That Fired Up Pipes for Montreal’s Smokers," 3 Dec. 2019 What's more, the MoMA Design Store was lowered one level, exposing it to passers-by on the bustling street by means of a sleek glass wall. Monique Valeris, ELLE Decor, "A Look Inside the Museum of Modern Art's $450 Million Renovation," 23 Oct. 2019 Two decades on, Harry returned to the spot, which has been transformed into a bustling street. Max Foster, CNN, "Meghan redefined what it means to be a royal during the Africa tour," 3 Oct. 2019 Despite Temescal’s increasingly bustling atmosphere, Savitsky said lunch was always slow. Janelle Bitker, SFChronicle.com, "Doña Tomás owner opens new Mexican restaurant in Oakland," 13 Dec. 2019 The church has cheaply acquired 7,000 square feet of commercial space across the street and plans to transform the empty bays into a bustling clinic, cafe and art gallery that are open every day. Jenna Watson, Indianapolis Star, "This Indianapolis church is also a clinic for the poor. Now it has even bigger plans.," 12 Dec. 2019 Seven hundred years ago, Mustang was a bustling place and a center of Buddhist scholarship and art. National Geographic, "How do you re-create a 7,000-year-old woman?," 18 Nov. 2019 View Sample Sign Up Now Even in the bustling offices of the Justice Department, the sound of a breaking-news bulletin, rushed and urgent, was unmistakable. Debbie Cenziper, Time, "The Man Who Died Pursuing Nazi Criminals More Than Four Decades After World War II Ended," 12 Nov. 2019 An email sent late Saturday said members of the group Parents 4 Teachers planned to canvass the area around Welles Park in Ravenswood, not far from the bustling shops and restaurants of Lincoln Square. Katherine Rosenberg-douglas, chicagotribune.com, "Classes to remain canceled Monday as Chicago teachers strike enters 2nd school week," 20 Oct. 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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8 Jan 2020

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“Bustling.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bustling?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=b&file=bustle02. Accessed 21 January 2020.

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