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Part of speech



verb used without an object move or act with a great show of energy (often followed by about):. to move about busily or noisly
to move rapidly and energetically abound or teem with something; display an abundance of something; teem (often followed by with):

verb (used with object), bustled, bustling. cause to bustle; hustle.

4.thriving or energetic activity; stir; ferment.


5. a cushion or wire frame formerly worn beneath a dress to add fullness in the rear

6. a pad or framework expanding and supporting the fullness and drapery of the back of a woman's skirt or dress

Sample sentences

1. He bustled about cooking breakfast.

2. The office bustled with people and activity.

3. She bustled around the kitchen getting ready for dinner guests.

4. On Saturdays, the city's downtown bustles with activity as a farmers' market sets up shop.

5. The bustle on her dress caused her to bounce up into the sky and then come back down again time, after time, after time!

Variations of the word

bustled, bustling, bus·tles, bustlingly


brim, bristle, bulge, burst, abound, buzz, crawl, hum, overflow,pullulate, swarm, teem


crawl, creep, poke


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