Meaning of BUSTLE in English


I. ˈbə-səl intransitive verb

( bus·tled ; bus·tling ˈbəs-liŋ, ˈbə-sə-)

Etymology: probably alteration of obsolete buskle to prepare, frequentative of busk, from Old Norse būask to prepare oneself

Date: 1580

1. : to move briskly and often ostentatiously

2. : to be busily astir : teem

• bustling adjective

• bus·tling·ly -liŋ-lē adverb

II. noun

Date: 1621

: noisy, energetic, and often obtrusive activity

the hustle and bustle of the big city

III. noun

Etymology: origin unknown

Date: 1786

: a pad or framework expanding and supporting the fullness and drapery of the back of a woman's skirt or dress ; also : the drapery so supported

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