- The definition of a bustle is a poof of fabric at the back of a skirt or dress.
An example of a bustle is when a wedding dress is hooked at the back to hold up a train of fabric.
- To bustle is defined as to hurry.
An example of to bustle is to run around preparing for work.
The bustle of people in a busy station.Licensed from iStockPhoto
Origin: for earlier buskle ; from Middle English busken, to prepare, adorn ; from Old Norse buask, to make onself ready ; from bua, to prepare (see bondage) plush sik, reflexive pronoun
- bustlingly adverb
Origin: ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps
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intr. & tr.v. bus·tled, bus·tling, bus·tles
Origin: Possibly variant of obsolete buskle, frequentative of busk, to prepare oneself, from Old Norse būask, reflexive of būa, to prepare; see bheuə- in Indo-European roots.
- A frame or pad to support and expand the fullness of the back of a woman's skirt.
- A bow, peplum, or gathering of material at the back of a woman's skirt below the waist.
Origin: Origin unknown.