bustle Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"bustle" in British English

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bustleverb [I + adv/prep]

uk   us   /ˈbʌs.l̩/
to do things in a ​hurried and ​busy way: Thora bustled around the ​house, getting everything ​ready.

bustlenoun

uk   us   /ˈbʌs.l̩/

bustle noun (ACTIVITY)

[U] busyactivity: I ​sat in a ​café, ​watching the (​hustle and) bustle of the ​streetoutside.

bustle noun (DRESS)

[C] a ​frameworn under a ​dress or ​skirt by women in the late 19th ​century to make the ​skirtstick out
(Definition of bustle from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"bustle" in American English

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bustleverb [I]

 us   /ˈbʌs·əl/
to do things in a ​hurried and ​busy way: Thomas bustled around the ​apartment, getting everything ​ready.

bustlenoun [U]

 us   /ˈbʌs·əl/
busyactivity: the bustle of the ​downtownbusinessdistrict
(Definition of bustle from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “bustle”
in Spanish andar ajetreado…
in Vietnamese hối hả…
in Malaysian sibuk…
in Thai วุ่นวาย…
in French (se) démener…
in German herumfuhrwerken…
in Chinese (Simplified) 匆忙做,忙碌…
in Indonesian menyibukkan diri…
in Chinese (Traditional) 匆忙做,忙碌…
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