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busyness

[biz-ee-nis] /ˈbɪz i nɪs/
noun
1.
the quality or condition of being busy.
2.
lively but meaningless activity.
Origin of busyness
1840-1850
First recorded in 1840-50; busy + -ness
Related forms
nonbusyness, noun
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n.

1849, first attested in Thoreau, from busy (adj.) + -ness. A modern formation made necessary after business evolved away from busy.

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