c. 1400, "active or secular life," from Old French activité, from Medieval Latin activitatem (nominative activitas), a word in Scholastic philosophy, from Latin activus "active" (see active). The meaning "state of being active, briskness, liveliness" is recorded from 1520s; that of "capacity for acting on matter" is from 1540s. As "an educational exercise," by 1923.
"educational exercises, schoolwork," 1923, American English, from activity.
Creole French, "party," from zouker "engage in unrestrained social activity."
"pushing activity; activity in the interest of success," 1891, American English, from hustle (v.) in its later colloquial senses; earlier the noun meant "a shaking together" (1715). Sense of "a swindle, illegal business activity" is by 1963, American English. As the name of a popular dance, by 1975.
"to convert into a (mere) commercial product or activity," 1971, back-formation from commodification. Related: Commodified; commodifying.
"activity, stir, fuss, commotion," 1630s (Milton), from bustle (v.).