Definition of bustee in English:

bustee

noun

Indian
  • A slum area or shanty town.

    • ‘The consequences of ill-health for bustee dwellers are examined and the coping strategies employed are described.’
    • ‘The first few bustees that came in for attention were the ones where the population comprised mostly of Company employees.’
    • ‘In the bustees, or slums, the real victims were working out their own unrealisable compensation claims.’
    • ‘This bustee is a camp, called ‘New Life Colony,’ for refugees from East Bengal.’
    • ‘Even among the Dalits their number does not attract political leaders to come to their bustees and seek vote.’
    • ‘As the plant expanded and changed over to the more dangerous production of pesticides, bustees burgeoned around its periphery.’
    • ‘The target is 18,700 new water taps for the bustees providing 20 gallons of water per head per day.’
    • ‘On Sundays she would visit the poor in the bustees, the slums areas of Calcutta.’
    • ‘We took a little boat out and I demonstrated my inability to row for more than ten minutes as we passed the small shanty (or ‘bustee’) communities which line the waterways of the city.’

Origin

From Hindi bastī ‘dwelling’.

Pronunciation

bustee

/ˈbʌstiː/