adjective, bus·i·er, bus·i·est.
verb (used with object), bus·ied, bus·y·ing.
- busto arsizio,
- busy as a beaver,
- busy lizzie,
- busy signal,
- busy work,
Origin of busy
Examples from the Web for busied
Nearby a family of Turkish Kurds busied themselves in their fields piling vegetables onto a donkey-drawn cart.Impotent U.S. Airstrikes, Passive Turks and an ISIS Triumph|Jamie Dettmer|October 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He caught his breath for one bewitched moment, before he busied himself with the luggage on the rack.Sinister Street, vol. 2|Compton Mackenzie
Hitherto, said he, my life has been too much a life of gayety and action, to be busied so innocently.Pamela, or Virtue Rewarded|Samuel Richardson
The driver and a man on the seat behind him got out and busied themselves about the car.The Silent Readers|William D. Lewis
adjective busier or busiest
verb busies, busying or busied
Word Origin for busy
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.
In addition to the idioms beginning with busy
- busy as a beaver
- busy work
- get busy