bustle vs stir what difference

what is difference between bustle and stir

English

Etymology

From Middle English bustlen, bustelen, bostlen, perhaps an alteration of *busklen (> Modern English buskle), a frequentative of Middle English busken (to prepare; make ready), from Old Norse búask (to prepare oneself); or alternatively from a frequentative form of Middle English busten, bisten (to buffet; pummel; dash; beat) +‎ -le. Compare also Icelandic bustla (to splash; bustle).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈbʌsəl/
  • Rhymes: -ʌsəl

Noun

bustle (countable and uncountable, plural bustles)

  1. (countable, uncountable) An excited activity; a stir.
    • 1748. David Hume. Enquiries concerning the human understanding and concerning the principles of moral. London: Oxford University Press, 1973. § 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
  2. (computing, countable) A cover to protect and hide the back panel of a computer or other office machine.
  3. (historical, countable) 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

Translations

Verb

bustle (third-person singular simple present bustles, present participle bustling, simple past and past participle bustled)

  1. To move busily and energetically with fussiness (often followed by about).
    The commuters bustled about inside the train station.
  2. To teem or abound (usually followed by with); to exhibit an energetic and active abundance (of a thing).
    The train station was bustling with commuters.
  3. (transitive) To push around, to importune.
    • 1981, A. D. Hope, “His Coy Mistress to Mr. Marvell,” A Book of Answers:
      Don’t bustle her or fuss or snatch: / A suitor looking at his watch / Is not a posture that persuades / Willing, much less reluctant maids.

Synonyms

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

Translations

References

Anagrams

  • bluest, bluets, butles, sublet, subtle


English

Pronunciation

  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /stɜː/
  • (General American) IPA(key): /stɝ/
  • Rhymes: -ɜː(ɹ)

Etymology 1

From Middle English stiren, sturien, from Old English styrian (to be in motion, move, agitate, stir, disturb, trouble), from Proto-Germanic *sturiz (turmoil, noise, confusion), related to Proto-West Germanic *staurijan (to destroy, disturb). Cognate with Old Norse styrr (turmoil, noise, confusion), German stören (to disturb), Dutch storen (to disturb).

Verb

stir (third-person singular simple present stirs, present participle stirring, simple past and past participle stirred)

  1. (transitive) To incite to action
    Synonyms: arouse, instigate, prompt, excite; see also Thesaurus:incite
  2. (transitive) To disturb the relative position of the particles of, a liquid of suchlike, by passing something through it
    Synonym: agitate
  3. (transitive) To agitate the content of (a container), by passing something through it.
  4. (transitive) To bring into debate; to agitate; to moot.
  5. (transitive, dated) To change the place of in any manner; to move.
  6. (intransitive) To move; to change one’s position.
  7. (intransitive) To be in motion; to be active or bustling; to exert or busy oneself.
  8. (intransitive) To become the object of notice; to be on foot.
  9. (intransitive, poetic) To rise, or be up and about, in the morning.
    Synonyms: arise, get up, rouse; see also Thesaurus:wake
    • “Mid-Lent, and the Enemy grins,” remarked Selwyn as he started for church with Nina and the children. Austin, knee-deep in a dozen Sunday supplements, refused to stir; poor little Eileen was now convalescent from grippe, but still unsteady on her legs; her maid had taken the grippe, and now moaned all day: “Mon dieu! Mon dieu! Che fais mourir!

For more quotations using this term, see Citations:stir.

Usage notes
  • In all transitive senses except the dated one (“to change the place of in any manner”), stir is often followed by up with an intensive effect; as, to stir up fire; to stir up sedition.
Derived terms
Translations

Noun

stir (countable and uncountable, plural stirs)

  1. The act or result of stirring (moving around the particles of a liquid etc.)
  2. agitation; tumult; bustle; noise or various movements.
    • 1668, John Denham, Of Prudence (poem).
      Why all these words, this clamour, and this stir?
    • .
      Consider, after so much stir about genus and species, how few words we have yet settled definitions of.
    • For more quotations using this term, see Citations:stir.
  3. Public disturbance or commotion; tumultuous disorder; seditious uproar.
    • 1612, Sir John Davies, Discoverie of the True Causes why Ireland was never entirely subdued
      Being advertised of some stirs raised by his unnatural sons in England.
    • For more quotations using this term, see Citations:stir.
  4. Agitation of thoughts; conflicting passions.

Derived terms

  • cause a stir
  • stirless
  • upstir
Translations

Etymology 2

From Romani stariben (prison), nominalisation of (a)star (seize), causative of ast (remain), probably from Sanskrit आतिष्ठति (ātiṣṭhati, stand or remain by), from तिष्ठति (tiṣṭhati, stand).

Noun

stir (countable and uncountable, plural stirs)

  1. (slang) Jail; prison.
    • 1928, Jack Callahan, Man’s Grim Justice: My Life Outside the Law (page 42)
      Sing Sing was a tough joint in those days, one of the five worst stirs in the United States.
    • The Bat—they called him the Bat. []. He’d never been in stir, the bulls had never mugged him, he didn’t run with a mob, he played a lone hand, and fenced his stuff so that even the fence couldn’t swear he knew his face.
Derived terms
  • stir-crazy

Anagrams

  • ISTR, RTIs, Rist, TRIS, TRIs, Tris, rits, sirt, tris, tris-

Danish

Verb

stir

  1. imperative of stirre

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