- simple past tense and past participle of bustle
- Having a bustle, as clothing.
- a bustled dress
Variant of bustle
transitive verbbustled, bustling
to hurry busily or with much fuss and bother
Origin of bustlefor earlier buskle ; from Middle English busken, to prepare, adorn ; from Old Norse buask, to make onself ready ; from bua, to prepare (see bondage) + sik, reflexive pronoun
busy and noisy activity; commotion