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See also: Busk
- (intransitive) To solicit money by entertaining the public in the street or in public transport.
- (intransitive, obsolete) To sell articles such as obscene books in public houses etc.
- 1827, Robert Pollok, The Course of Time:
- The frothy orator, who busked his tales
In quackish pomp of noisy words
- (nautical) To tack, cruise about.
to solicit money by entertaining the public
nautical: to tack — see tack
busk (plural busks)
- A strip of metal, whalebone, wood, or other material, worn in the front of a corset to stiffen it.
- 1598, John Marston, The Scourge of Villanie:
- Her long slit sleeves, stiffe buske, puffe verdingall, / Is all that makes her thus angelicall.
- (by extension) A corset.
- 1661, John Donne, To his Mistress going to Bed:
- Off with that happy busk, which I envie, / That still can be, and still can stand so nigh.
- busked (adjective)
stiffening strip in the front of a corset
- (obsolete) A kind of linen.
- 1882, James Edwin Thorold Rogers, A History of Agriculture and Prices in England, volume 4, page 557:
- Busk, a kind of table linen, occurs first in 1458, and occasionally afterwards.
kind of linen
- (transitive, Northern England, Scotland) To prepare; to make ready; to array; to dress.
- 1600, [Torquato Tasso], “(please specify |book=1 to 20)”, in Edward Fairefax [i.e., Edward Fairfax], transl., Godfrey of Bulloigne, or The Recouerie of Ierusalem. […], London: […] Ar[nold] Hatfield, for I[saac] Iaggard and M[atthew] Lownes, →OCLC:
- The watch stert up and drew their weapons bright / And busk'd them bold to battle and to fight.
- (Northern England, Scotland) To go; to direct one's course.
Declension of busk
- “busk” in The Bokmål Dictionary.
- “busk” in The Nynorsk Dictionary.
Old High German
busk (plural buskès)
- Jacob Poole (1867), William Barnes, editor, A Glossary, With some Pieces of Verse, of the old Dialect of the English Colony in the Baronies of Forth and Bargy, County of Wexford, Ireland, London: J. Russell Smith, page 28