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 busier
And the cameras on the busier streets would show hundreds of people going past.
On busier roads, elderly, scarved women sat by piles of potatoes and onions hoping forlornly for a sale.As the Key Battle Looms, a Report from Ukraine's Front Lines|Jamie Dettmer|August 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And its employees are likely to be busier in the coming months.
The first of these ran through a section purely rural, but there was not a busier 500 miles of single track in the East.The Modern Railroad|Edward Hungerford
"Widders an' old maids, they're busier than the divil in a gale o' wind," grumbled the captain.Strangers and Wayfarers|Sarah Orne Jewett
They swung their hammers and chattered away at the same time, the busier the merrier; they were never idle or tired of their work.Fairy Tales from the German Forests|Margaret Arndt
The busier chickadees and creepers searched the twigs and trunks, interpolating occasional remarks.The Rules of the Game|Stewart Edward White
For eight months or so Remington Solander was busier than he had ever been in his life.Solander's Radio Tomb|Ellis Parker Butler
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