bustle

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Etymology[edit]

From Old Norse búask (to prepare oneself)[1].

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bustle (plural bustles)

  1. An excited activity; a stir.
    • 1748. David Hume. Enquiries concerning the human understanding and concerning the principles of moral. London: Oxford University Press, 1973. § 34.
      we are, perhaps, all the while flattering our natural indolence, which, hating the bustle of the world, and drudgery of business seeks a pretence of reason to give itself a full and uncontrolled indulgence
  2. (computing) A cover to protect and hide the back panel of a computer or other office machine.
  3. (obsolete) A frame worn underneath a woman's skirt.

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bustle (third-person singular simple present bustles, present participle bustling, simple past and past participle bustled)

  1. To move busily and energetically with fussiness (often followed by about).
    • 1621, Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy, II.3.6:
      I was once so mad to bussell abroad, and seek about for preferment [...].
    The commuters bustled about inside the train station.
  2. To teem or abound (usually followed by with); to exhibit an energetic and active abundance (of a thing). See also bustle with.
    The train station was bustling with commuters.

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  1. ^ bustle in Merriam-Webster Dictionary

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