Origin of buster
verb (used without object)
- to burst.
- to go bankrupt.
- to collapse from the strain of making a supreme effort: She was determined to make straight A's or bust.
- Draw Poker.to fail to make a flush or straight by one card.
- Blackjack.to draw cards exceeding the count of 21.
verb (used with object)
- to burst.
- to bankrupt; ruin financially.
- to place under arrest: The gang was busted and put away on narcotics charges.
- to subject to a police raid: The bar has been busted three times for selling drinks to minors.
- to hit.
- to break; fracture: She fell and busted her arm.
- an arrest.
- a police raid.
- a very weak hand.
- Bridge.a hand lacking the potential to take a single trick.
- to break up; separate: Sam and his wife busted up a year ago.
- to damage or destroy: Soldiers got in a fight and busted up the bar.
Origin of bust2
Related Words for busterpenniless, insolvent, destitute, bankrupt, strapped, impoverished, bust, ruined, beggared, indebted, indigent, needy, penurious, poor
Examples from the Web for buster
Contemporary Examples of buster
Yes, your German Shepherd Buster can wear his own health tracker.Nothing Says I Love You Like Data
The Daily Beast
December 8, 2014
After being rescued from the ocean several times Buster spent the rest of the afternoon collecting flotsam and jetsam.
My 10-year-old son Buster headed straight for the agitated water.
Buster can break eggs into a skillet and has done it a number of times this morning.
A bottle of The Glenlivet, aged in the cask longer than Poppet and Buster put together.
Historical Examples of buster
We scrambled on the bus and as it pulled away Danny yelled "Hey, Buster, look!"Goodbye, Dead Man!
Tom W. Harris
You're makin' good the sayin' that a sailor has a wife in every port aint you Buster?The Trail of a Sourdough
May Kellogg Sullivan
And as Buster listened it suddenly came to him just what he wanted for breakfast.
Now it just happened that early as he was, some one was before Buster Bear.
"It's too bad to waste such a fine fish," said Buster thoughtfully.
Word Origin for bust
verb busts, busting, busted or bust
Word Origin for bust
1838, "anything large; a man of great strength," American English slang (originally Missouri/Arkansas), perhaps meaning something that takes one's breath away and an agent noun from bust (v.). Around the same years, buster (as an extended form of bust (n.)) also meant "a frolic, a spree." Hence "a roistering blade" (OED; probably not the favored definition in old Missouri and Arkansas), attested from 1850. As a generic or playful address to a male, from 1948, American English. Meaning "horse-breaker" is from 1891, American English; hence back-formed verb bust (v.) "break a horse."
1690s, "sculpture of upper torso and head," from French buste (16c.), from Italian busto "upper body," from Latin bustum "funeral monument, tomb," originally "funeral pyre, place where corpses are burned," perhaps shortened from ambustum, neuter of ambustus "burned around," past participle of amburere "burn around, scorch," from ambi- "around" + urere "to burn." Or perhaps from Old Latin boro, the early form of classical Latin uro "to burn." Sense development in Italian is probably from Etruscan custom of keeping dead person's ashes in an urn shaped like the person when alive. Meaning "bosom" is by 1884.
variant of burst (n.), 1764, American English. For loss of -r-, cf. ass (n.2). Originally "frolic, spree;" sense of "sudden failure" is from 1842. Meaning "police raid or arrest" is from 1938. Phrase ______ or bust as an emphatic expression attested by 1851 in British depictions of Western U.S. dialect. Probably from earlier expression bust (one's) boiler, by late 1840s, a reference to steamboat boilers exploding when driven too hard.
"to burst," 1806, variant of burst (v.); for loss of -r-, cf. ass (n.2). Meaning "go bankrupt" is from 1834. Meaning "break into" is from 1859. The slang meaning "demote" (especially in a military sense) is from 1918; that of "place under arrest" is from 1953 (earlier "to raid" from Prohibition). In card games, "to go over a score of 21," from 1939. Related: Busted; busting.
In addition to the idioms beginning with bust
- bust a gut
- bust one's ass
- break (bust) one's ass
- go broke (bust)