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Meaning of BUSTLE

Pronunciation:  'busul

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a rapid bustling commotion
  2. [n]  a framework worn at the back below the waist for giving fullness to a woman's skirt
  3. [v]  move or cause to move energetically or busily; "The cheerleaders bustled about excitingly before their performance"

BUSTLE is a 6 letter word that starts with B.


 Synonyms: ado, bustle about, flurry, fuss, hustle, hustle, stir
 See Also: belt along, bucket along, cannonball along, commotion, din, frame, framework, framing, hasten, hie, hotfoot, move, pelt along, race, ruckus, ruction, rumpus, rush, rush along, speed, tumult



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Bus"tle\ (b[u^]s"s'l), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Bustled}
    (-s'ld); p. pr. & vb.n. {Bustling} (-sl[i^]ng).] [Cf. OE.
    buskle, perh. fr. AS. bysig busy, bysg-ian to busy + the
    verbal termination -le; or Icel. bustla to splash, bustle.]
    To move noisily; to be rudely active; to move in a way to
    cause agitation or disturbance; as, to bustle through a
          And leave the world for me to bustle in. --Shak.
  2. \Bus"tle\, n.
    Great stir; agitation; tumult from stirring or excitement.
          A strange bustle and disturbance in the world. --South.
  3. \Bus"tle\, n.
    A kind of pad or cushion worn on the back below the waist, by
    women, to give fullness to the skirts; -- called also
    {bishop}, and {tournure}.
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