[ buhs-ling ]
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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  1. 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.

Origin of bustling

First recorded in 1425–75; bustl(e)1 + -ing2 for the adjective senses; bustl(e)1 + -ing1 for the noun sense

Other words from bustling

  • bus·tling·ly, adverb
  • un·bus·tling, adjective

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