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  • bust +‎ -er: agent noun of the verb bust.
  • First used as a vocative, in USA, from Spanish busté, a dialect form of usted (you): compare the etymology at bozo.



buster (plural busters)

  1. (informal, often as a term of address) A guy, fellow; a friend.
    Oi, buster, stop following me around everywhere!
    • 1960, P. G. Wodehouse, Jeeves in the Offing, chapter I:
      “Got anybody else staying at the old snake pit?” “Five inmates in all.” “Five?” I resumed my tongue-clicking. “Golly! Uncle Tom must be frothing at the mouth a bit,” I said, for I knew the old buster's distaste for guests in the home. Even a single weekender is sometimes enough to make him drain the bitter cup.
  2. A loser, uncool person.
    Stop being a buster.
  3. (performing arts) A staged fall, used in theatrical and film comedy.
    Charlie Chaplin pulled a buster right before the closing credits.
  4. A person, thing, or event that breaks or overpowers someone or something, often used in compound terms, as crime buster, ballbuster, blockbuster, and broncobuster.
  5. (US, dated, slang) Something huge.
  6. (US, dated, slang) A riotous, dashing young fellow.
  7. (US, dated, slang) A spree.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.

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  1. plural indefinite of buste