bustier

[boos-tyey]
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noun
  1. a woman's close-fitting, sleeveless, strapless top, often elasticized, usually having boning or facing to give it shape, and worn as a blouse.

Origin of bustier

< French, originally an undergarment so tailored; see bust1, -ier2

busty

[buhs-tee]
adjective, bust·i·er, bust·i·est. Informal. (of a woman)
  1. having a large bust; bosomy.

Origin of busty

First recorded in 1940–45; bust1 + -y1
Related formsbust·i·ness, noun
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bustier

noun
  1. a type of close-fitting usually strapless top worn by women

busty

adjective bustier or bustiest
  1. (of a woman) having a prominent bust
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Word Origin and History for bustier
n.

1979, from French bustier, from buste "bust" (see bust (n.1)).

busty

adj.

"having large breasts," 1944, from bust (n.1) in the "bosom" sense + -y (2). Related: Bustiness.

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