noun Informal.

business: How's the used car biz these days? Her brother's in show biz.

Origin of biz

An Americanism dating back to 1855–60; by shortening and respelling Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for biz

Contemporary Examples of biz

Historical Examples of biz

  • I've a man at hand that will swallow your lines and biz in half an hour.

    Despair's Last Journey

    David Christie Murray

  • Before he had been a week in camp they found that he knew his biz, and they made him a sergeant.

    The Brigade Commander

    J. W. Deforest

  • The case is jes this, 'n' you know it: it's our biz to do anybody out o' our class.

  • Him an' me took to the book-agentin' biz the same day, we did.


    Ellis Parker Butler

  • Now, take a ton of email that's not spam -- in the biz, they call that "ham" -- and do the same.

    Little Brother

    Cory Doctorow

British Dictionary definitions for biz




informal short for business



the internet domain name for

a business
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Word Origin and History for biz

1862, American English, colloquial and phonetic shortening of business.

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