Nearby a family of Turkish Kurds busied themselves in their fields piling vegetables onto a donkey-drawn cart.
He busied himself in forming a new line of battle, and in deciding upon prompt and active measures.
Master Thomas and William busied themselves with the supper.
The men in the front of the huts were busied in finishing off their spears, ready for the coming fight.
Nobody was about, save a gardener or two busied with their work.
Fanny, with a very pink blush, busied herself in arranging the table for the coming cups.
Mr. Allison would be in shortly; he was as yet busied with the trade at the shop.
The spirits of all were raised, and soon the hunter and Nestor busied themselves making a rude sort of rope harness for the horse.
He was busied conquering the rugged earth and making it yield to his husbandry.
Parcels are seldom sent to the camp, and hitherto no philanthropic society has busied itself over the necessitous.
Old English bisig "careful, anxious," later "continually employed or occupied," cognate with Old Dutch bezich, Low German besig; no known connection with any other Germanic or Indo-European language. Still pronounced as in Middle English, but for some unclear reason the spelling shifted to -u- in 15c.
The notion of "anxiousness" has drained from the word since Middle English. Often in a bad sense in early Modern English, "prying, meddlesome" (preserved in busybody). The word was a euphemism for "sexually active" in 17c. Of telephone lines, 1893. Of display work, "excessively detailed, visually cluttered," 1903.
late Old English bisgian, from busy (adj.). Related: Busied; busying.