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busily

[biz-uh-lee]
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adverb
  1. in a busy manner; actively.

Origin of busily

First recorded in 1175–1225, busily is from the Middle English word bisiliche. See busy, -ly
Related formsnon·bus·i·ly, adverbo·ver·bus·i·ly, adverbsu·per·bus·i·ly, adverbun·bus·i·ly, adverb
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  • Eudora blushed deeply, and busily caressed the dog with her foot.

    Philothea

    Lydia Maria Child

  • Viviette, coming in later in hat and jacket, found him busily writing.

    Viviette

    William J. Locke

  • He had stripped off his coat and waistcoat, and was busily at work in his shirt-sleeves.

    Little Daffydowndilly

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • The others had returned, and were all busily engaged with the trophies of the traps.

  • Mary was sitting by her sorting-table, busily sorting rags as she talked.

    The Green Satin Gown

    Laura E. Richards


British Dictionary definitions for busily

busily

adverb
  1. in a busy manner; industriously
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Word Origin and History for busily

adv.

c.1200, bisiliche; see busy (adj.) + -ly (2).

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