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

 

busk

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//bʌsk//
 
; NAmE NAmE//bʌsk//
 
[intransitive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they busk
BrE BrE//bʌsk//
 
; NAmE NAmE//bʌsk//
 
he / she / it busks
BrE BrE//bʌsks//
 
; NAmE NAmE//bʌsks//
 
past simple busked
BrE BrE//bʌskt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//bʌskt//
 
past participle busked
BrE BrE//bʌskt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//bʌskt//
 
-ing form busking
BrE BrE//ˈbʌskɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbʌskɪŋ//
 
 
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to perform music in a public place and ask for money from people passing by Word Origin mid 17th cent.: from obsolete French busquer ‘seek’, from Italian buscare or Spanish buscar, of Germanic origin. Originally in nautical use in the sense ‘cruise about, tack’, the term later meant ‘go about selling things’, hence ‘go about performing’ (mid 19th cent.).
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: busk