noun, plural bus·es, bus·ses.
verb (used with object), bused or bussed, bus·ing or bus·sing.
verb (used without object), bused or bussed, bus·ing or bus·sing.
- buryat autonomous republic,
- buryat republic,
- burying beetle,
- burying ground,
- bus boy,
- bus lane,
- bus line,
- bus shelter,
- bus stop
Origin of bus1
noun, verb (used with or without object)
Origin of buss
verb (used with or without object), bused or bussed, bus·ing or bus·sing.
Origin of bus2
Origin of busing
Word Origin for buss
noun plural buses or busses
verb buses, busing, bused, busses, bussing or bussed
Word Origin for bus
"kissing," 1888, verbal noun from buss (v.).
1832, abbreviation of omnibus (q.v.). The modern English noun is nothing but a Latin dative plural ending. To miss the bus, in the figurative sense of "lose an opportunity," is from 1901, Australian English (OED has a figurative miss the omnibus from 1886). Busman's holiday "leisure time spent doing what one does for a living" (1893) is probably a reference to London bus drivers riding the buses on their days off.
"a kiss," 1560s; probably of imitative origin, as are Welsh and Gaelic bus "kiss, lip," French baiser "kiss" (12c., from Latin basiare), Spanish buz, German dialectal Buss.
Kissing and bussing differ both in this,
We busse our wantons, but our wives we kisse.
[Robert Herrick, "Hesperides," 1648]
1838, "to travel by omnibus," from bus (n.). Transitive meaning "transport students to integrate schools" is from 1961, American English. Meaning "clear tables in a restaurant" is first attested 1913, probably from the four-wheeled cart used to carry dishes. Related: Bused; busing.
The movement of students from one neighborhood to a school in another neighborhood, usually by bus and usually to break down de facto segregation of public schools.