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[biz-uh-lee] /ˈbɪz ə li/
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 forms
nonbusily, adverb
overbusily, adverb
superbusily, adverb
unbusily, adverb Unabridged
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  • Florence was busily engaged in decorating her great buildings.

    Donatello David Lindsay, Earl of Crawford
  • Marston was too busily engaged with Captain Wass to pay heed to his daughter.

    Blow The Man Down Holman Day
  • Every one during the day was so busily employed that it seemed to pass rapidly away.

  • They left Roddy on his knees, busily plying his oil-can, and crossed the garden.

    The White Mice Richard Harding Davis
  • They were busily engaged on their first morning in the mountains, plying pick and shovel.

    The Carter Girls Nell Speed
British Dictionary definitions for busily


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

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

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