- working energetically and devotedly; hard-working; diligent: an industrious person.
- Obsolete. skillful.
Origin of industrious
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Examples from the Web for industriously
He spent the morning with other men as industriously disposed as himself.
So Calhoun industriously concentrated his fire on the man trying to get above him.Pariah Planet
Then they fired at him industriously and the charges crackled all around him.The Pirates of Ersatz
That lump had come back into her throat and she was industriously swallowing it.A Little Miss Nobody
Amy Bell Marlowe
There is where Amy will be if she keeps on as industriously as she has begun.Reels and Spindles
- hard-working, diligent, or assiduous
- an obsolete word for skilful
Word Origin and History for industriously
"characterized by energy, effort, and attention," 1520s (implied in industriously), from Middle French industrieux and directly from Late Latin industriosus, from Latin industria (see industry). Retains the etymological sense. Related: Industriousness.