Bustle definitions

bŭs'əl
To move or cause to move energetically and busily.
verb
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Excited and often noisy activity; a stir.
noun
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A frame or pad to support and expand the fullness of the back of a woman's skirt.
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A bow, peplum, or gathering of material at the back of a woman's skirt below the waist.
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Busy and noisy activity; commotion.
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A framework or padding formerly worn at the back by women to puff out the skirt.
noun
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To hurry busily or with much fuss and bother.
verb
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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.

noun
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To bustle is defined as to hurry.

An example of to bustle is to run around preparing for work.

verb
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(computing) A cover to protect and hide the back panel of a computer or other office machine.
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To move busily and energetically with fussiness (often followed by about).

The commuters bustled about inside the train station.

verb
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To teem or abound (usually followed by with); to exhibit an energetic and active abundance (of a thing). See also bustle with.

The train station was bustling with commuters.

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Origin of bustle

Possibly variant of obsolete buskle frequentative of busk to prepare oneself from Old Norse būask reflexive of būa to prepare bheuə- in Indo-European roots