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."

Definitions of bustle
  1. verb
    move or cause to move energetically or busily
    “The cheerleaders bustled about excitingly before their performance”
    synonyms: bustle about, hustle
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    type of:
    move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion
  2. noun
    a rapid active commotion
    synonyms: ado, flurry, fuss, hustle, stir
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    type of:
    commotion, din, ruckus, ruction, rumpus, tumult
    the act of making a noisy disturbance
  3. noun
    a framework worn at the back below the waist for giving fullness to a woman's skirt
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    type of:
    a structure supporting or containing something
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