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Definitions of bustle

  1. To move noisily; to be rudely active; to move in a way to cause agitation or disturbance; as, to bustle through a crowd. Webster Dictionary DB
  2. To be noisily busy; to move quickly; to make a fuss or stir. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  3. To busy one's self: to be active. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  4. To be busy, active. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  5. move or cause to move energetically or busily; "The cheerleaders bustled about excitingly before their performance" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. Great stir; agitation; tumult from stirring or excitement. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. Tumult; noisy activity; a pad or cushion formerly worn by women beneath the skirt, below the waist at the back. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  9. Hurried activity: stir: tumult; also a part of ladies' attire, now no longer fashionable. (Amer.). The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  10. A state of activity; a stir. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  11. Excited activity; noisy stir; fuss. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  12. Hurry; great stir; tumult. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  13. A stuffed pad formerly worn by ladies. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  14. Hurry and noise; great stir; rapid motion with noise; a pad formerly used to expand petticoats. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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Usage examples for bustle

  1. Then came a few persons on foot, and in an hour all the bustle and stir attendant upon a crowd was heard in the hall, on the stairs, and in every room. – Dawn by Mrs. Harriet A. Adams
  2. It was very solemn and beautiful, that long dark night,- a pause amid the bustle of every day cares and duties,- hours in which one takes counsel with one's own heart, and is still. – Station Amusements by Lady Barker
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