busk

Definition from Wiktionary, the free dictionary
Jump to navigation Jump to search
See also: Busk

English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /bʌsk/
    • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ʌsk

Etymology 1[edit]

Borrowed from French busc, by dissimilation (from buste) from Italian busto. Doublet of bust.

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.
    • 1598, John Marston, The Scourge of Villanie
      Her long slit sleeves, stiffe buske, puffe verdingall, / Is all that makes her thus angelicall.
  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.
Translations[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

Etymology unknown

Noun[edit]

busk

  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.
Translations[edit]

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. (obsolete, transitive) To prepare; to make ready; to array; to dress.
  2. (obsolete) To go; to direct one's course.
    • c. 1550, John Skelton, Skelton Laureate against the Scottes
      Ye might have busked you to Huntly-banks.

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 The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for busk in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)

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. (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
  3. (nautical) To tack, cruise about.
Related terms[edit]
Translations[edit]

Anagrams[edit]


Danish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Norse buskr, from Proto-Germanic *buskaz.

Noun[edit]

busk c (singular definite busken, plural indefinite buske)

  1. bush

Declension[edit]

References[edit]


Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

Norwegian Wikipedia has an article on:
Wikipedia no
busk

Etymology[edit]

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

Noun[edit]

busk m (definite singular busken, indefinite plural busker, definite plural buskene)

  1. a bush or shrub

Derived terms[edit]

References[edit]


Norwegian Nynorsk[edit]

Norwegian Nynorsk Wikipedia has an article on:
Wikipedia nn

Etymology[edit]

From Old Norse buskr, from Proto-Germanic *buskaz. See above for comparisons,

Noun[edit]

busk m (definite singular busken, indefinite plural buskar, definite plural buskane)

  1. a bush or shrub

Derived terms[edit]

References[edit]


Old High German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

busk m

  1. bush

Descendants[edit]

  • Middle High German: busch, bosch

Yola[edit]

Etymology[edit]

(This etymology is missing or incomplete. Please add to it, or discuss it at the Etymology scriptorium.)

Noun[edit]

busk (plural buskès)

  1. a thick, small cake made of white meal, spiced bread

References[edit]

  • 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, J. Russell Smith, →ISBN