bus´tling|ly

bus´tling|ly
bus|tle1 «BUHS uhl», verb, -tled, -tling, noun.
–v.i.
to be noisily busy and in a hurry: »

The children bustled to get ready for the party. Let the great world bustle on (Emerson).

–v.t.
to make (someone) hurry or work hard: »

The jolly old man bustled them out of the house (Charles Kingsley).

–n.
noisy or excited activity; commotion; fuss: »

There was a great bustle as the children got ready for the party.

SYNONYM(S): ado. See syn. under stir. (Cf.stir)
[perhaps imitative]
bus´tler, noun.
bus´tling|ly, adverb.
bus|tle2 «BUHS uhl», noun.
1. (formerly) a pad, cushion, or small wire frame used to puff out the upper back part of a woman's skirt.
2. a fullness at the back of a woman's skirt just below the waist as made by a bow or gathering of material
[perhaps special use of bustle1]

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  • bus´tler — bus|tle1 «BUHS uhl», verb, tled, tling, noun. –v.i. to be noisily busy and in a hurry: »The children bustled to get ready for the party. Let the great world bustle on (Emerson). –v.t. to make (someone) hurry or work hard: »The jolly old man… …   Useful english dictionary

  • bus|tle — bus|tle1 «BUHS uhl», verb, tled, tling, noun. –v.i. to be noisily busy and in a hurry: »The children bustled to get ready for the party. Let the great world bustle on (Emerson). –v.t. to make (someone) hurry or work hard: »The jolly old man… …   Useful english dictionary

  • tling — hos·tling; kit·tling; lit·tling; net·tling; prat·tling·ly; scrat·tling; rus·tling; bus·tling·ly; rat·tling·ly; rus·tling·ly; star·tling·ly; star·tling·ness; whis·tling·ly; …   English syllables

  • bus — al·bus; am·bus·ca·do; ar·bus·cle; ar·bus·cu·lar; ar·bus·cule; ar·bus·tum; au·to·bus; bar·bus; bom·bus; bul·bus; bus·boy; bus·by; bus; bus·kin; bus·kined; bus·man; bus·sock; bus·su; bus·tard; bus·tee; bus·tic; bus·tled; bus·tler; bus·to;… …   English syllables

  • bustlingly — bus·tling·ly …   English syllables

  • bustling — bus|tling [ˈbʌsəlıŋ] adj a bustling place is very busy bustling with sb/sth ▪ The flower market was bustling with shoppers …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • bustling — bus|tling [ bʌslıŋ ] adjective a bustling place is full of noise and activity and is usually pleasant and interesting: the bustling south end of the Las Vegas Strip a bustling city/market/street …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • bustle — I bus•tle [[t]ˈbʌs əl[/t]] v. tled, tling, n. 1) to move or act with a great show of energy (often fol. by about): bustling about in the kitchen[/ex] 2) to abound in something: an office bustling with activity[/ex] 3) to cause to bustle; hustle… …   From formal English to slang

  • Bustling — Bus tling (b[u^]s sl[i^]ng), a. Agitated; noisy; tumultuous; characterized by confused activity; as, a bustling crowd. A bustling wharf. Hawthorne. [1913 Webster] || …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • settle — I set•tle [[t]ˈsɛt l[/t]] v. tled, tling 1) to appoint, fix, or resolve definitely and conclusively; agree upon, as price or conditions 2) to place in a desired state or in order: to settle one s affairs[/ex] 3) to pay, as a bill 4) bus to close… …   From formal English to slang

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