Busk definition

bŭsk
To play music or perform entertainment in a public place, usually while soliciting money.
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(brit.) To perform for money as a singer or strolling entertainer in public places.
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A strip of metal, whalebone, wood, or other material, worn in the front of a corset to stiffen it.
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(by extension) A corset.
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(obsolete) A kind of linen.
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To prepare; to make ready; to array; to dress.
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To go; to direct one's course. [Obs.]
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(intransitive) To solicit money by entertaining the public in the street or in public transport.
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(nautical) To tack, to cruise about.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
busk
Plural:
busks

Origin of busk

  • Earlier to be an itinerant performer probably from busk to go about seeking, cruise as a pirate perhaps from obsolete French busquer to prowl from Italian buscare to prowl, or Spanish buscar to seek from Old Spanish boscar

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French busc, by dissimilation from buste from Italian busto.

    From Wiktionary

  • Apparently from French busquer or Spanish buscar.

    From Wiktionary

  • From Middle English busken, from Old Norse búask

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  • Etymology unknown

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