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[buhz-bee] /ˈbʌz bi/
noun, plural busbies.
a tall fur hat with a baglike ornament hanging from the top over the right side.
the bearskin hat worn by certain British guardsmen.
Origin of busby
1755-65; orig., a bushy wig; of obscure origin Unabridged
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  • busby's reply to this discourteous remark was to fold his arms and assume a dramatic posture.

    Love and the Ironmonger F. J. (Frederick John) Randall
  • He admitted that he expected busby to have trouble with Watson.

    They of the High Trails Hamlin Garland
  • She understood that busby had betrayed her to him and to Harrigan Blood.

    The Salamander Owen Johnson
  • "He certainly means to let me off altogether," exclaimed busby.

    Out of the Hurly-Burly Charles Heber Clark
  • You shall never regret it, busby; only don't you tell anybody I've had one—do you hear?

    Peccavi E. W. Hornung
  • All efforts on the part of busby to draw him into conversation were useless.

    Love and the Ironmonger F. J. (Frederick John) Randall
  • Gray's eyes glistened; but George moved off to busby's desk before he had time to give way.

    Love and the Ironmonger F. J. (Frederick John) Randall
  • Two men were wrangling with a porter; one was Parrott, the other busby.

    Love and the Ironmonger F. J. (Frederick John) Randall
  • In the name of the chiefs Mr. busby declared the ensign to be the national flag of New Zealand.

    The Treaty of Waitangi T. Lindsay Buick
British Dictionary definitions for busby


noun (pl) -bies
a tall fur helmet with a bag hanging from the top to the right side, worn by certain soldiers, usually hussars, as in the British Army
(not in official usage) another name for bearskin (sense 2)
Word Origin
C18 (in the sense: large bushy wig): perhaps from a proper name


Sir Matthew, known as Matt. 1909–94, British footballer. He managed Manchester United (1946–69)
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Word Origin and History for busby

"fur hat worn by hussars on parade," 1807, earlier "a kind of bushy, tall wig" (1764), of unknown origin, though it is both a place name and a surname in England. Related: Busbied.

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