busk

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English[edit]

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 The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From French busc, by dissimilation from buste from Italian busto.

Noun[edit]

busk (plural busks)

  1. A strip of metal, whalebone, wood, or other material, worn in the front of a corset to stiffen it.
    • Marston
      Her long slit sleeves, stiff busk, puff verdingall, / Is all that makes her thus angelical.
  2. (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.
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Etymology 2[edit]

Etymology unknown

Noun[edit]

busk (plural busks)

  1. (obsolete) A kind of linen.
    • 1882, James Edwin Thorold Rogers, A History of Agriculture and Prices in England, Volume 4, p. 557:
      Busk, a kind of table linen, occurs first in 1458, and occasionally afterwards.
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Etymology 3[edit]

From Middle English busken, from Old Norse búask

Verb[edit]

busk (third-person singular simple present busks, present participle busking, simple past and past participle busked)

  1. To prepare; to make ready; to array; to dress.
    Busk you, busk you, my bonny, bonny bride. — Hamilton.
    The watch stert up and drew their weapons bright
    And busk'd them bold to battle and to fight. — Fairfax.
  2. To go; to direct one's course. [Obs.]
    Ye might have busked you to Huntly banks. — Skelton.

Etymology 4[edit]

Apparently from French busquer or Spanish buscar.

Verb[edit]

busk (third-person singular simple present busks, present participle busking, simple past and past participle busked)

  1. (intransitive) To solicit money by entertaining the public in the street or in public transport
  2. (nautical) To tack, to cruise about.
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Norwegian[edit]

busk

Etymology[edit]

From Old Norse buskr, from Proto-Germanic *buskaz. Compare Danish busk, Swedish buske, Icelandic búskur, English bush, Dutch bos, German Busch.

Noun[edit]

busk m

  1. bush

Inflection[edit]

References[edit]

  • “busk” in The Bokmål Dictionary / The Nynorsk Dictionary.

Old High German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *buskaz, probably from Proto-Indo-European *bʰuH- (to grow). Compare Old Saxon busk, Old English busc, bysc, Old Norse buskr.

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Noun[edit]

busk m

  1. bush

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