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bustling

[ buhs-ling ]
/ ˈbʌs lɪŋ /
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adjective
moving or acting with a great show of energy:I watched her preparing lunch in the kitchen—a compact, bustling woman of around forty with her hair in a tight bun.
abounding or teeming with people or activities that create an atmosphere of energy:This midwestern city is a bustling hub for business, education, recreation, and government.
noun
the act or habit of moving or doing something with a great show of energy:They were getting ready to leave again—it always happened in the middle of the night, with much bustling and scurrying about.
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Origin of bustling

bustl(e)1 + -ing2 for the adjective senses; bustl(e)1 + -ing1 for the noun sense

OTHER WORDS FROM bustling

bus·tling·ly, adverbun·bus·tling, adjective
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