It is necessarily true in all such cases that many of the over-busy man's duties recur day after day.
These attacks were some of the “arrows of malignancy,” which naturally fell about the over-busy man.
Jealousy, that troubler of reason, had been over-busy with his wits as it had with hers.
She got up and walked about, to try and stop her over-busy fancy by bodily exercise.
This is no disease, to be treated with the grey powder and the castor oil wherewith the over-busy monthly nurse is always ready.
Old English bisig "careful, anxious," later "continually employed or occupied," cognate with Old Dutch bezich, Low German besig; no known connection with any other Germanic or Indo-European language. Still pronounced as in Middle English, but for some unclear reason the spelling shifted to -u- in 15c.
The notion of "anxiousness" has drained from the word since Middle English. Often in a bad sense in early Modern English, "prying, meddlesome" (preserved in busybody). The word was a euphemism for "sexually active" in 17c. Of telephone lines, 1893. Of display work, "excessively detailed, visually cluttered," 1903.
late Old English bisgian, from busy (adj.). Related: Busied; busying.