—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. to cause to bustle; hustle.
—n. thriving or energetic activity; stir; ferment.
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.