Main definitions of busk in English

: busk1busk2

busk1

Pronunciation /bəsk/

intransitive verb

[no object]
  • 1Perform music or other entertainment in the street or another public place for monetary donations.

    ‘the group began by busking on Philadelphia sidewalks’
  • 2busk itinformal Improvise.

Origin

Mid 17th century from obsolete French busquer ‘seek’, from Italian buscare or Spanish buscar, of Germanic origin. Originally in nautical use in the sense ‘cruise about, tack’, the term later meant ‘go about selling things’, hence ‘go about performing’ (mid 19th century).

Pronunciation

busk

/bəsk/

Main definitions of busk in English

: busk1busk2

busk2

Pronunciation /bəsk/

noun

historical
  • A stay or stiffening strip for a corset.

    • ‘These busks are flexible and create a smooth curved front to the corset whilst providing very firm structure and closure.’
    • ‘A corset busk consists of two long pieces of steel, one with steel knobs and the other one steel loops/eyes.’
    • ‘I run a small cottage industry in Edinburgh, Scotland, hand making corset bones and corset busks.’

Origin

Late 16th century from French busc, from Italian busco ‘splinter’ (related to French bûche ‘log’), of Germanic origin.

Pronunciation

busk

/bəsk/