What does bustle mean?

Definitions for bustle
ˈbʌs əlbus·tle

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. bustle, hustle, flurry, ado, fuss, stirnoun

    a rapid active commotion

  2. bustleverb

    a framework worn at the back below the waist for giving fullness to a woman's skirt

  3. bustle, bustle about, hustleverb

    move or cause to move energetically or busily

    "The cheerleaders bustled about excitingly before their performance"


  1. bustlenoun

    An excited activity; a stir.

  2. bustlenoun

    A cover to protect and hide the back panel of a computer or other office machine.

  3. bustlenoun

    A frame worn underneath a woman's skirt.

  4. bustleverb

    To move busily and energetically with fussiness (often followed by about).

  5. bustleverb

    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.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Bustlenoun

    A tumult; a hurry; a combustion.

    Etymology: from the verb.

    Wisdom’s self
    Oft seeks to sweet retired solitude;
    She plumes her feathers, and lets grow her wings,
    That, in the various bustle of resort,
    Were all too ruffl’d. John Milton.

    This is the creature that pretends to knowledge, and that makes such a noise and bustle for opinions. Joseph Glanvill, Scepsis.

    Such a doctrine made a strange bustle and disturbance in the world, which then sat warm and easy in a free enjoyment of their lusts. South.

    If the Count had given them a pot of ale after it, all would have been well, without any of this bustle. Spectator, №. 481.

  2. To Bustleverb

    To be busy; to stir; to be active.

    Etymology: of uncertain etymology; perhaps from busy.

    Come, bustle, bustle —— caparison my horse. William Shakespeare, R. III.

    God take king Edward to his mercy,
    And leave the world for me to bustle in. William Shakespeare, Rich. III.

    Sir Henry Vane was a busy and bustling man, who had credit enough to do his business in all places. Edward Hyde, b. ii.

    A poor abject worm,
    That crawl’d awhile upon a bustling world,
    And now am trampled to my dust again. Thomas Southerne, Oroonoko.

    Ye sov’reign lords, who sit like gods in state,
    Awing the world, and bustling to be great! George Granville.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Bustleverb

    to move noisily; to be rudely active; to move in a way to cause agitation or disturbance; as, to bustle through a crowd

  2. Bustlenoun

    great stir; agitation; tumult from stirring or excitement

  3. Bustlenoun

    a kind of pad or cushion worn on the back below the waist, by women, to give fullness to the skirts; -- called also bishop, and tournure


  1. Bustle

    A bustle is a type of framework used to expand the fullness or support the drapery of the back of a woman's dress, occurring predominantly in the mid-to-late 19th century. Bustles were worn under the skirt in the back, just below the waist, to keep the skirt from dragging. Heavy fabric tended to pull the back of a skirt down and flatten it. Thus, a woman's petticoated or crinolined skirt would lose its shape during everyday wear. The word "bustle" has become synonymous with the fashion to which the bustle was integral.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Bustle

    bus′l, v.i. to busy one's self noisily: to be active, often with more noise than actual work.—n. hurried activity: stir: tumult.—n. Bust′ler. [There is a M. E. bustelen, of doubtful relations; perh. conn. with bluster, or with Ice. bustl, a splash, or with A.S. bysig, busy.]

  2. Bustle

    bus′l, n. a stuffed pad or cushion worn by ladies under the skirt of their dress, the intention to improve the figure.


  1. Bustle

    Providing a fresh spin on news, entertainment, fashion, beauty, lifestyle, books, and any and all subjects that concern women.

Anagrams for bustle »

  1. bluest

  2. bluets

  3. sublet

  4. subtle

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of bustle in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of bustle in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of bustle in a Sentence

  1. Abigail Adams:

    I begin to think, that a calm is not desirable in any situation in life....Man was made for action and for bustle too, I believe.

  2. Barack Obama:

    Jesus lived a life of peace, love, kindness and forgiveness, during the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season, may we all do our best to follow his example.

  3. Robert Benchley:

    For a nation which has an almost evil reputation for bustle, bustle, bustle, and rush, rush, rush, we spend an enormous amount of time standing around in line in front of windows, just waiting.

  4. Anna Hakkarainen:

    Lapland is the antithesis to the urban hustle and bustle.

  5. Gregory Agapé:

    We are always upset by the noises, bangs, all the bustle around so nights are very complicated, very short.

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    a disposition that is confused or nervous and upset
    • A. caddie
    • B. fluster
    • C. exacerbate
    • D. flub

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