Bustle vs Bastle - What's the difference?

bustle | bastle |

As nouns the difference between bustle and bastle

is that bustle is an excited activity; a stir while bastle is (obsolete) a medieval fortified house, in northern england and the scottish borders.

As a verb bustle

is to move busily and energetically with fussiness (often followed by about ).

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?




(en noun)
  • An excited activity; a stir.
  • * 1748 . David Hume. Enquiries concerning the human understanding and concerning the principles of moral. London: Oxford University Press, 1973. ยง 34.
  • we are, perhaps, all the while flattering our natural indolence, which, hating the bustle of the world, and drudgery of business seeks a pretence of reason to give itself a full and uncontrolled indulgence
  • (computing) A cover to protect and hide the back panel of a computer or other office machine.
  • (historical) A frame worn underneath a woman's skirt, typically only protruding from the rear as opposed to the earlier more circular hoops.
  • Derived terms

    * hustle and bustle


  • To move busily and energetically with fussiness (often followed by about ).
  • The commuters bustled about inside the train station.
  • *, II.3.6:
  • I was once so mad to bussell abroad, and seek about for preferment […].
  • To teem or abound (usually followed by with''); to exhibit an energetic and active abundance (of a thing). ''See also bustle with .
  • The train station was bustling with commuters.


    * (to move busily) flit, hustle, scamper, scurry * (to exhibit an energetic abundance) abound, brim, bristle, burst, crawl, swell, teem







    (en noun)
  • (obsolete) A medieval fortified house, in northern England and the Scottish borders
  • Synonyms

    * bastle house


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