There was a busy, bustling, disputatious tone about it, instead of the accustomed phlegm and drowsy tranquillity.
bustling streets and lively sidewalks in the heart of metropolitan Berlin suddenly became abandoned dead ends.
But the potential for rubbernecking traffic in the bustling downtown put those properties out of contention.
Now, at a bustling lunch spot downtown in the Ugandan capital, the slight man is dressed in a tight shirt and jeans.
So did the bustling economy and the soft uses of American power during his administration.
This romantic panorama makes you quite oblivious of the nearness of the noisy, bustling Kaiserstadt.
Simple, honest, and quiet, they had little to do with their bustling neighbors.
He played a bustling if not a brilliant part in the political movements of his day.
“Make this thy home, thou Piping Will,”The bustling mother said.
Next morning I was again first at the office; and by daylight in the bustling city, things took a different complexion.
"be active," 1570s (bustling "noisy or excited activity" is from early 15c.), frequentative of Middle English bresten "to rush, break," from Old English bersten (see burst (v.)), influenced by Old Norse buask "to make oneself ready" (see busk (v.)), or from busk (v.) via a frequentative form buskle. Related: Bustled; bustling; bustler.
"activity, stir, fuss, commotion," 1630s, from bustle (v.).
"padding in a skirt," 1788, of uncertain origin, perhaps from German Buschel "bunch, pad," or it might be a special use of bustle (n.1) with reference to "rustling motion."
BUSTLE. A pad stuffed with cotton, feathers, bran, &c., worn by ladies for the double purpose of giving a greater rotundity or prominence to the hips, and setting off the smallness of the waist. [Bartlett, "Dictionary of Americanisms," 1848]