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



    BrE BrE//ˈbʌsl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbʌsl//
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  1. 1[uncountable] busy and noisy activity the hustle and bustle of city life For once the river was quiet, without its usual bustle of barges and river traffic.
  2. 2[countable] a frame that was worn under a skirt by women in the past in order to hold the skirt out at the back
  3. Word Originnoun sense 1 late Middle English: perhaps a variant of obsolete buskle, frequentative of busk ‘prepare’, from Old Norse. noun sense 2 late 18th cent.: of unknown origin.
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