busk verb to dress up; make up; spruce (something) up: But Johnnie buskit up his fine broad bow, his arras ay sae lang... [Johnnie spruced up his fine, broad bow, his arrows always so long...] la15-. etymology: Scots, which also has the variant buss; Old Norse búask ‘to prepare oneself’; also collected by EMcC/PS; also attested by BS in TDITA, JS and DW