- Chiefly British. to entertain by dancing, singing, or reciting on the street or in a public place.
- Canadian. to make a showy or noisy appeal.
Origin of busk
Examples from the Web for busk
I have left the responsibility with Busk whether or no to read the letters.
I have heard a rumour that Busk is on our side in regard to species.More Letters of Charles Darwin
Wake thy sister, and arise both, and busk (dress) you quickly.The White Rose of Langley
Emily Sarah Holt
The trait "underground world" is also found in Busk, p. 141.Italian Popular Tales
Thomas Frederick Crane
It's no that difficult to busk the hooks; maybe you would be liken' to try.Morag
Janet Milne Rae
- a strip of whalebone, wood, steel, etc, inserted into the front of a corset to stiffen it
- archaic, or dialect the corset itself
- (intr) British to make money by singing, dancing, acting, etc, in public places, as in front of theatre queues
- to make ready; prepare
- to dress or adorn
Word Origin and History for busk
"strip of wood, whalebone, etc., used in corset-making," 1590s, probably from French busc (16c.), from Italian bosco "splinter," of Germanic origin (see bush (n.)).
"to prepare, to dress oneself," also "to go, set out," c.1300, probably from Old Norse buask "to prepare oneself," reflexive of bua "to prepare" (see bound (adj.2)) + contraction of Old Norse reflexive pronoun sik. Most common in northern Middle English and surviving chiefly in Scottish and northern English dialect. Related boun had the same senses in northern and Scottish Middle English. Related: Busked; busking.
The nautical term is attested from 1660s (in a general sense of "to tack, to beat to windward"), apparently from obsolete French busquer "to shift, filch, prowl," which is related to Italian buscare "to filch, prowl," Spanish buscar (from Old Spanish boscar), perhaps originally from bosco "wood" (see bush (n.)), with a hunting notion of "beating a wood" to flush game.