bustle

  • 1 Bustle — Bus tle (b[u^]s s l), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Bustled} ( s ld); p. pr. & vb. n. {Bustling} ( sl[i^]ng).] [Cf. OE. buskle, perh. fr. AS. bysig busy, bysg ian to busy + the verbal termination le; or Icel. bustla to splash, bustle.] To move noisily; to …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 Bustle — Bus tle, n. Great stir; agitation; tumult from stirring or excitement. [1913 Webster] A strange bustle and disturbance in the world. South. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 bustle — [n] quick and busy activity ado, agitation, clamor, commotion, do*, excitement, flurry, furor, fuss, haste, hubbub, hurly burly*, hurry, pother, rumpus, stir, to do*, tumult, turmoil, uproar, whirl, whirlpool, whirlwind; concept 386 Ant. laziness …

    New thesaurus

  • 4 bustle — Ⅰ. bustle [1] ► VERB 1) move energetically or noisily. 2) (of a place) be full of activity. ► NOUN ▪ excited activity and movement. DERIVATIVES bustling adjective. O …

    English terms dictionary

  • 5 Bustle — Bus tle, n. A kind of pad or cushion worn on the back below the waist, by women, to give fullness to the skirts; called also {bishop}, and {tournure}. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 6 bustle — index dispatch (promptness), industry (activity), turmoil Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

    Law dictionary

  • 7 bustle — n flurry, *stir, ado, fuss, pother Analogous words: *business, commerce, trade, industry, traffic: movement, *motion: hubbub, clamor, racket, babel, *din Contrasted words: inactivity, idleness, inertness, passiveness, supineness (see… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 8 bustle — bustle1 [bus′əl] vi., vt. bustled, bustling [for earlier buskle < ME busken, to prepare, adorn < ON buask, to make onself ready < bua, to prepare ( see BONDAGE) + sik, refl. pron.] to hurry busily or with much fuss and bother n. busy and …

    English World dictionary

  • 9 Bustle — A bustle is a type of framework used to expand the fullness or support the drapery of the back of a woman s dress, occurring predominantly between the mid to late 1800s. Bustles were worn under the skirt in the back, just below the waist, to keep …

    Wikipedia

  • 10 bustle — I UK [ˈbʌs(ə)l] / US noun Word forms bustle : singular bustle plural bustles 1) [uncountable] a lot of noisy activity in a crowded place the bustle of the big city 2) [countable] something that women wore round their waists in the past to hold… …

    English dictionary

  • 11 bustle — bus|tle1 [ˈbʌsəl] v [I always + adverb/preposition] [Date: 1500 1600; Origin: Probably from buskle to prepare (16 17 centuries), from busk to get ready, prepare (13 21 centuries), from Old Norse buask to prepare yourself ] to move around quickly …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 12 bustle — {{11}}bustle (1) be active, mid 14c., frequentative of M.E. bresten to rush, break, from O.E. bersten (see BURST (Cf. burst)), influenced by O.N. buask to make oneself ready (see BUSK (Cf. busk) (v.)), or directly from busk as a frequentative… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 13 bustle — bustle1 bustler, n. bustlingly, adv. /bus euhl/, v., bustled, bustling, n. v.i. 1. to move or act with a great show of energy (often fol. by about): He bustled about cooking breakfast. 2. to abound or teem with something; display an abundance of… …

    Universalium

  • 14 bustle — bus|tle1 [ bʌsl ] noun 1. ) uncount a lot of noisy activity in a crowded place: the bustle of the big city 2. ) count something that women wore around their waists in the past to hold their skirts away from their bodies at the back bustle bus|tle …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 15 bustle — [[t]bʌ̱s(ə)l[/t]] bustles, bustling, bustled 1) VERB If someone bustles somewhere, they move there in a hurried and determined way, often because they are very busy. [V prep/adv] My mother bustled around the kitchen... [V prep/adv] She bustled… …

    English dictionary

  • 16 bustle — 1. noun a) An excited activity; a stir. we are, perhaps, all the while flattering our natural indolence, which, hating the bustle of the world, and drudgery of business seeks a pretence of reason to give itself a full and uncontrolled indulgence… …

    Wiktionary

  • 17 bustle — 1 verb (intransitive always + adv/prep) to move around quickly, looking very busy (+ about/round etc): Madge bustled round the room putting things away. . 2 noun 1 (singular) busy and usually noisy activity (+ of): a continual bustle of people… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 18 bustle — 1. verb people bustled about Syn: rush, dash, hurry, scurry, scuttle, hustle, scamper, scramble; run, tear, charge; informal scoot, beetle, buzz, zoom 2. noun the bustle of the market Syn …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 19 bustle — v 1.Often bustle about stir, move, fuss, fly, flutter, flit, buzz; hustle, run, rush, dash, dart, scramble, scamper, scuttle, hurry, lose no time. 2.Often bustle with abound, teem, swarm, be filled, be bursting, be overrun or thronged, be buzzing …

    A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

  • 20 bustle — I. intransitive verb (bustled; bustling) 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 ;… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary


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