buster

[ buhs-ter ]
/ ˈbʌs tər /

noun Informal.

a person who breaks up something: crime busters.
something that is very big or unusual for its kind.
a loud, uproarious reveler.
a frolic; spree.
(initial capital letter) (used as a familiar term of address to a man or boy who is an object to the speaker's annoyance or anger): Look, Buster, you're standing in my way!

Origin of buster

An Americanism dating back to 1825–35; bust2 + -er1

Definition for buster (2 of 3)

Buster

[ buhs-ter ]
/ ˈbʌs tər /

noun

a male given name.

Definition for buster (3 of 3)

Origin of bust

2
1755–65; variant of burst, by loss of r before s, as in ass2, bass2, passel, etc.

Can be confused

burst burst (see usage note at the current entry)

Usage note

Historically bust is derived from a dialect pronunciation of burst and is related to it much as cuss is related to curse. Bust is both a noun and a verb and has a wide range of meanings for both uses. Many are slang or informal. A few, as “a decline in economic conditions, depression,” are standard.
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British Dictionary definitions for buster (1 of 3)

buster

/ (ˈbʌstə) /

noun slang

(in combination) a person or thing destroying something as specifieddambuster
US and Canadian a term of address for a boy or man
US and Canadian a person who breaks horses
mainly US and Canadian a spree, esp a drinking bout

British Dictionary definitions for buster (2 of 3)

bust

1
/ (bʌst) /

noun

the chest of a human being, esp a woman's bosom
a sculpture of the head, shoulders, and upper chest of a person

Word Origin for bust

C17: from French buste, from Italian busto a sculpture, of unknown origin

British Dictionary definitions for buster (3 of 3)

bust

2
/ (bʌst) informal /

verb busts, busting, busted or bust

noun

adjective

Word Origin for bust

C19: from a dialect pronunciation of burst
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Idioms and Phrases with buster

bust


In addition to the idioms beginning with bust

  • bust a gut
  • bust one's ass

also see:

  • break (bust) one's ass
  • go broke (bust)
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