Definition of bustle verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

bustle

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈbʌsl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbʌsl//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they bustle
BrE BrE//ˈbʌsl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbʌsl//
 
he / she / it bustles
BrE BrE//ˈbʌslz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbʌslz//
 
past simple bustled
BrE BrE//ˈbʌsld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbʌsld//
 
past participle bustled
BrE BrE//ˈbʌsld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbʌsld//
 
-ing form bustling
BrE BrE//ˈbʌslɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbʌslɪŋ//
 
 
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[intransitive, transitive] to move around in a busy way or to hurry somebody in a particular direction + adv./prep. She bustled around in the kitchen. bustle somebody + adv./prep. The nurse bustled us out of the room. Word Originverb late Middle English: perhaps a variant of obsolete buskle, frequentative of busk ‘prepare’, from Old Norse.
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