meaning of busker

busker meaning in General Dictionary

someone who entertains individuals for cash in public areas as by performing or dancing

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  • a person who entertains men and women for money in public areas (as by performing or dancing), generally while requesting money

busker meaning in Etymology Dictionary

"itinerant entertainer," 1857, from busk (v.) "available products obtainable just in pubs and taprooms," 1851 (in Mayhew), possibly from busk "to cruise as a pirate," that was used in a figurative sense by 1841, in mention of the men and women living shiftless and peripatetic resides. Busker is erroneously based on buskin in phase feeling.