Meaning of bustle

bus•tle

Pronunciation: (bus'ul), [key]
— v., n. -tled, -tling,
—v.i.
  1. to move or act with a great show of energy (often fol. by about): He bustled about cooking breakfast.
  2. to abound or teem with something; display an abundance of something; teem (often fol. by with): The office bustled with people and activity.
—v.t.
  1. to cause to bustle; hustle.
—n.
  1. thriving or energetic activity; stir; ferment.

bus•tle

Pronunciation: (bus'ul), [key]
— n.
  1. fullness around or below the waist of a dress, as added by a peplum, bows, ruffles, etc.
  2. 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.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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