bustle

A flurry of activity and commotion is often referred to as bustle. If you want to see true bustle in action, just walk through Times Square in New York during lunch hour.

If it's busy, energetic or moving about at a rapid pace, then it's bustling. Word historians think bustle might stem from an Old Norse word meaning "to prepare." However, it's probably easier to remember bustle by the synonym it's often used with — hustle, as in "the hustle and bustle of a big city."

Primary Meanings of bustle

1.
vn
move or cause to move energetically or busily
a rapid active commotion
2.
n
a framework worn at the back below the waist for giving fullness to a woman's skirt
Full Definitions of bustle
1

v move or cause to move energetically or busily

“The cheerleaders bustled about excitingly before their performance”
Synonyms:
bustle about, hustle
Type of:
move
move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion

n a rapid active commotion

Synonyms:
ado, flurry, fuss, hustle, stir
Type of:
commotion, din, ruckus, ruction, rumpus, tumult
the act of making a noisy disturbance
2

n a framework worn at the back below the waist for giving fullness to a woman's skirt

Type of:
framework
a structure supporting or containing something

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