Bustle



to move or act with a great show of energy (often followed by about):
He bustled about cooking breakfast.
to abound or teem with something; display an abundance of something; teem (often followed by with):
The office bustled with people and activity.
to cause to bustle; hustle.
thriving or energetic activity; stir; ferment.
fullness around or below the waist of a dress, as added by a peplum, bows, ruffles, etc.
a pad, cushion, or framework formerly worn under the back of a woman’s skirt to expand, support, and display the full cut and drape of a dress.
Contemporary Examples

Rebecca Walker’s ‘Black Cool’ Promotes the Non-Material Side of Black Culture Allison Samuels February 3, 2012
Inside The EuroMaidan’s Circle Of Trust Jamie Dettmer March 9, 2014
Aaron Sorkin’s Cable Crackup: Why His HBO Series Is a Snooze Howard Kurtz June 21, 2012
Living Like a Maharajah Daily Beast Promotions January 21, 2010
Philly’s Cop-Free Heroin Zone Jeff Deeney August 12, 2011

Historical Examples

Maori and Settler G. A. Henty
The White Company Arthur Conan Doyle
‘Twixt Land & Sea Joseph Conrad
Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
Marie Gourdon Maud Ogilvy

verb
when intr, often foll by about. to hurry or cause to hurry with a great show of energy or activity
noun
energetic and noisy activity
noun
a cushion or a metal or whalebone framework worn by women in the late 19th century at the back below the waist in order to expand the skirt
v.
n.

BUSTLE. A pad stuffed with cotton, feathers, bran, &c., worn by ladies for the double purpose of giving a greater rotundity or prominence to the hips, and setting off the smallness of the waist. [Bartlett, “Dictionary of Americanisms,” 1848]

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