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busk

[buhsk] /bʌsk/
verb (used without object)
1.
Chiefly British. to entertain by dancing, singing, or reciting on the street or in a public place.
2.
Canadian. to make a showy or noisy appeal.
Origin
1850-1855
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.)
Related forms
busker, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for busked

busk1

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

busk2

/bʌsk/
verb
1.
(intransitive) (Brit) to make money by singing, dancing, acting, etc, in public places, as in front of theatre queues
Derived Forms
busker, noun
busking, noun
Word Origin
C20: perhaps from Spanish buscar to look for

busk3

/bʌsk/
verb (transitive) (Scot)
1.
to make ready; prepare
2.
to dress or adorn
Word Origin
C14: from Old Norse būask, from būa to make ready, dwell; see bower1
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Slang definitions & phrases for busked

busk

verb

To perform music in subway stations or other public places, taking the contributions of listeners •Very common in Great Britain, but spreading to the US (1840s+)


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