busk

[ buhsk ]
/ bʌsk /

verb (used without object)

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

1850–55; perhaps, if earlier sense was “to make a living by entertaining,” < Polari < Italian buscare to procure, get, gain < Spanish buscar to look for, seek (of disputed orig.)

OTHER WORDS FROM busk

busk·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for busker (1 of 3)

busk1
/ (bʌsk) /

noun

a strip of whalebone, wood, steel, etc, inserted into the front of a corset to stiffen it
archaic, or dialect the corset itself

Word Origin for busk

C16: from Old French busc, probably from Old Italian busco splinter, stick, of Germanic origin

British Dictionary definitions for busker (2 of 3)

busk2
/ (bʌsk) /

verb

(intr) British to make money by singing, dancing, acting, etc, in public places, as in front of theatre queues

Derived forms of busk

busker, nounbusking, noun

Word Origin for busk

C20: perhaps from Spanish buscar to look for

British Dictionary definitions for busker (3 of 3)

busk3
/ (bʌsk) /

verb (tr) Scot

to make ready; prepare
to dress or adorn

Word Origin for busk

C14: from Old Norse būask, from būa to make ready, dwell; see bower 1
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