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busily

[biz-uh-lee] /ˈbɪz ə li/
adverb
1.
in a busy manner; actively.
Origin of busily
1175-1225
First recorded in 1175-1225, busily is from the Middle English word bisiliche. See busy, -ly
Related forms
nonbusily, adverb
overbusily, adverb
superbusily, adverb
unbusily, 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

/ˈbɪzɪlɪ/
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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