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bustle

1 [buhs-uhl]
verb (used without object), bustled, bustling.
1.
to move or act with a great show of energy (often followed by about ): He bustled about cooking breakfast.
2.
to abound or teem with something; display an abundance of something; teem (often followed by with ): The office bustled with people and activity.
verb (used with object), bustled, bustling.
3.
to cause to bustle; hustle.
noun
4.
thriving or energetic activity; stir; ferment.

Origin:
1615–25; Middle English bustelen to hurry aimlessly along, perhaps akin to Old Norse busla to splash about, bustle

bustler, noun
bustlingly, adverb
unbustling, adjective


4. ado, flurry, agitation, fuss.
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bustle1 (ˈbʌsəl)
 
vb (when intr, often foll by about)
1.  to hurry or cause to hurry with a great show of energy or activity
 
n
2.  energetic and noisy activity
 
[C16: probably from obsolete buskle to make energetic preparation, from dialect busk from Old Norse būask to prepare]
 
'bustler1
 
n
 
'bustling1
 
adj

bustle2 (ˈbʌsəl)
 
n
a cushion or a metal or whalebone framework worn by women in the late 19th century at the back below the waist in order to expand the skirt
 
[C18: of unknown origin]

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bustle
"be active," mid-14c., frequentative of M.E. bresten "to rush, break," from O.E. bersten (see burst), influenced by O.N. buask "to make oneself ready" (see busk (v.)), or directly from busk as a frequentative form. The noun is first attested 1620s. Bustling, of a place, is first recorded 1880.

bustle
"padding in a skirt," 1788, perhaps from Ger. Buschel "bunch, pad," or may be a special use of bustle (1) with ref. to "rustling motion."
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