bustle

1
[ buhs-uhl ]
/ ˈbʌs əl /

verb (used without object), bus·tled, bus·tling.

to move or act with a great show of energy (often followed by about): He bustled about cooking breakfast.
to abound or teem with something; display an abundance of something; teem (often followed by with): The office bustled with people and activity.

verb (used with object), bus·tled, bus·tling.

to cause to bustle; hustle.

noun

thriving or energetic activity; stir; ferment.

Nearby words

  1. buster,
  2. buster brown collar,
  3. buster collar,
  4. busticate,
  5. bustier,
  6. bustle pipe,
  7. bustline,
  8. bustling,
  9. busto arsizio,
  10. busty

Origin of bustle

1
1615–25; Middle English bustelen to hurry aimlessly along, perhaps akin to Old Norse busla to splash about, bustle

Related formsbus·tler, nounbus·tling·ly, adverbun·bus·tling, adjective

bustle

2
[ buhs-uh l ]
/ ˈbʌs əl /

noun

fullness around or below the waist of a dress, as added by a peplum, bows, ruffles, etc.
a pad, cushion, or framework formerly worn under the back of a woman's skirt to expand, support, and display the full cut and drape of a dress.

Origin of bustle

2
First recorded in 1780–90; origin uncertain

Related formsbus·tled, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for bustle

bustle

1
/ (ˈbʌsəl) /

verb

(when intr , often foll by about) to hurry or cause to hurry with a great show of energy or activity

noun

energetic and noisy activity
Derived Formsbustler, nounbustling, adjective

Word Origin for bustle

C16: probably from obsolete buskle to make energetic preparation, from dialect busk from Old Norse būask to prepare

noun

a cushion or a metal or whalebone framework worn by women in the late 19th century at the back below the waist in order to expand the skirt

Word Origin for bustle

C18: of unknown origin

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