verb[no object, with adverbial of direction]
- 1Move in an energetic and busy manner: people clutching clipboards bustled aboutMore example sentences
- Stevie Crawford, with 10 goals in 13 games to his credit, bustled energetically, twisting and turning the Morton defenders repeatedly.
- Kisangani - The rising sun is already burning a brilliant path across the muddy vastness of the mighty Congo river as the group of busy women bustle around the night's catch.
- He stopped in his tracks and looked around, a monstrous task with all the students bustling around him like busy bees.
- 1.1 [with object and adverbial of direction] Cause to move hurriedly in a particular direction: she bustled us into the kitchenMore example sentences
- Douglas had one more special save to make as Spencer refused to capitulate, bustling his way into the box but it would not really have mattered as time ran out.
- In a sense it's almost claustrophobic, with all the buildings huddled together and the people bustling their way through.
- The young Kilmarnock side were alternately being bustled out of possession and giving the ball away when they won it, which was surely the cause of Durrant's ire.
- 1.2 [no object] (Of a place) be full of activity: the streets bustled with people (as adjective bustling) the bustling little townMore example sentences
- The town was bustling with activity as they prepared for the holiday season.
- The ship was once again bustling with busy pirates moving and taking whatever they could.
- It's built-up, it's busy and it's bustling, but I still reckon £250 for renting a little red hotel round here is a bit steep.
noun[mass noun] Back to top
- Excited activity and movement: all the noise and the traffic and the bustleMore example sentences
- Life today is a great sea of bustle and activity with everyone on the move.
- He sits, away from the hustle and bustle of on-field activity, coolly calculating the options.
- The whole first act consists of the protesters' excitement and bustle as they get ready.
late Middle English: perhaps a variant of obsolete buskle, frequentative of busk 'prepare', from Old Norse.
- A pad or frame worn under a skirt and puffing it out behind.More example sentences
- This staged cross-dressing was a great shock to audiences used to only seeing women on stage when they were hidden behind voluminous bustles, hoops and frills.
- The women became blimps in massive gathered skirts, bustles and crinolines.
- If you stand ten feet away, you might see men in top hats, women in long skirts and bustles, children, pets, shimmering water.
late 18th century: of unknown origin.