• WordNet 3.6
    • v bustle move or cause to move energetically or busily "The cheerleaders bustled about excitingly before their performance"
    • n bustle a rapid active commotion
    • n bustle a framework worn at the back below the waist for giving fullness to a woman's skirt
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Bustle 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.
    • n Bustle Great stir; agitation; tumult from stirring or excitement. "A strange bustle and disturbance in the world."
    • v. i Bustle bŭs"s'l To move noisily; to be rudely active; to move in a way to cause agitation or disturbance; as, to bustle through a crowd. "And leave the world for me to bustle in."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • bustle To display activity with a certain amount of noise or agitation; be active and stirring; move quickly and energetically: sometimes used, reflexively.
    • n bustle Activity with noise and agitation; stir; hurry-scurry.
    • n bustle A pad, cushion, curved frame-work of wire, or the like, worn by women on the back part of the body below the waist for the purpose of improving the figure, causing the folds of the skirt to hang gracefully, and preventing the skirt from interfering with the feet in walking.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Bustle bus′l to busy one's self noisily: to be active, often with more noise than actual work
    • n Bustle hurried activity: stir: tumult
    • n Bustle bus′l a stuffed pad or cushion worn by ladies under the skirt of their dress, the intention to improve the figure.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. OE. buskle, perh. fr. AS. bysig, busy, bysg-ian, to busy + the verbal termination -le,; or Icel. bustla, to splash, bustle


In literature:

Old Sally was bustling about over pots and stew-pans, getting supper; old Peter stood at the table peeling potatoes.
"The Unseen Bridgegroom" by May Agnes Fleming
And then, one day, there was a great bustle about Jim's house.
"The Strength of Gideon and Other Stories" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
Mr. Jarvis bustled in after him.
"The Lighted Way" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
Which sent Aunt Charlotte bustling away in a huff to look after her household duties.
"Austin and His Friends" by Frederic H. Balfour
The quays are constantly crowded, but there seems to be more of bustle than of business.
"A Bibliographical, Antiquarian and Picturesque Tour in France and Germany, Volume One" by Thomas Frognall Dibdin
The master of the inn was coarse and bluff, but bustling and civil.
"A Bibliographical, Antiquarian and Picturesque Tour in France and Germany, Volume Three" by Thomas Frognall Dibdin
Billy Bluff, entering the yard in an expectant bustle, made for Maudie with a joyful flourish.
"Boy Woodburn" by Alfred Ollivant
What a change from the feverish bustle of the station the evening before!
"In the Field (1914-1915)" by Marcel Dupont
Their base was enlivened by the bustle of those who dwelt in caves all along the foot of the imposing rocky wall.
"The Delight Makers" by Adolf Bandelier
They jumped down, Tinker whistled Blazer, and the three of them bustled along the platform.
"The Admirable Tinker" by Edgar Jepson

In poetry:

I have seen — I have seen
A thousand bustling quays
Piled with the trade
Of undiscovered seas.
"I Have Seen" by Cicely Fox Smith
"Quite suddenly, a speckled trout
Down in the swift, clear river
Began to bustle all about,
His fishy chin a-quiver.
"August" by Nancy Byrd Turner
And now if you should chance to see,
Far from the bustling throng,
An old man, whom a youth and maid
Lead tenderly along;--
"The Old Bachelor's Story" by John Hartley
Yes, keep me calm, tho' loud and rude
The sounds my ear that greet,
Calm in the closet's solitude,
Calm in the bustling street;
"Calm Me, My God" by Horatius Bonar
The hippopotamus is strong
And huge of head and broad of bustle;
The limbs on which he rolls along
Are big with hippopotomuscle.
"Habits of the Hippopotamus" by Arthur Guiterman
Place in the woodland shadows sweet
The simple flowers, that wile away
The children from their happy play
And the long bustle of the street.
"Spring" by Alexander Anderson

In news:

Thailand's large, bustling capital can be overwhelming—so who better than a few stylish locals to reveal where to go now.
The medieval Ambronay Abbey, which still has a whiff of the monastic lifestyle, tucked away from urban hustle and bustle, is the site of the annual Ambronay music festival.
During the period recognized as Farmers Market Week in the state of Minnesota, the Monticello market was bustling Aug 9 as it is most early Thursday evenings.
Adding the warmth of a fireside retreat to the bustle of city streets, a premier boutique hotel in Manhattan, NY has debuted its exciting new Fireside Lounge, just in time to whisk away the stresses of a long day.
The bustling excitement of Madrid in the late 1980s comes to life in the world-premiere musical Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, starring Sherie Rene Scott, Patti LuPone, Laura Benanti and Brian Stokes Mitchell.
FARMINGTON — While the polls are bustling nationwide, the same can be said for polls on the Navajo Nation, especially those in Shiprock.
Lovelorn actor Robert Pattinson is mending his broken heart at a sprawling homestead owned by Oscar winner Reese Witherspoon, far from the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles, according to published reports today.
Once sleepy SC town bustling after 50 years.
During a span of nine in-country days, I experienced polar-opposite New and Old Delhi, the former marked by wide, British colonial boulevards, the latter a clatter of traffic and human bustle .
Couple bustling to get home ready for Heights holiday tour.
Two Bustling Ports Face Union Action.
Pierce County center bustling to handle ballots, process cheaper and faster this year.
From tearing off envelope flaps to operating scanning machines, election workers are bustling to handle ballots for Pierce County's first all-vote-by-mail presidential election Tuesday.
Area's quarry mines were bustling .
Bluefield bustling during World War II.