verb (used without object)
Chiefly British. to entertain by dancing, singing, or reciting on the street or in a public place.
Canadian. to make a showy or noisy appeal.

1850–55; perhaps, if earlier sense was “to make a living by entertaining,” < Polari < Italian buscare to procure, get, gain < Spanish buscar to look for, seek (of disputed orig.)

busker, noun
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busk1 (bʌsk)
1.  a strip of whalebone, wood, steel, etc, inserted into the front of a corset to stiffen it
2.  archaic, dialect or the corset itself
[C16: from Old French busc, probably from Old Italian busco splinter, stick, of Germanic origin]

busk2 (bʌsk)
(Brit) (intr) to make money by singing, dancing, acting, etc, in public places, as in front of theatre queues
[C20: perhaps from Spanish buscar to look for]

busk3 (bʌsk)
1.  to make ready; prepare
2.  to dress or adorn
[C14: from Old Norse būask, from būa to make ready, dwell; see bower1]

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Example sentences
Their licence allows them to busk only at a specified place and at certain times.
By that time, you could circulate in society without a busk, under different conditions.
He would busk, doing dance and comedy patter to make extra money.
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