- actively and attentively engaged in work or a pastime: busy with her work.
- not at leisure; otherwise engaged: He couldn't see any visitors because he was busy.
- full of or characterized by activity: a busy life.
- (of a telephone line) in use by a party or parties and not immediately accessible.
- officious; meddlesome; prying.
- ornate, disparate, or clashing in design or colors; cluttered with small, unharmonious details; fussy: The rug is too busy for this room.
- to keep occupied; make or keep busy: In summer, he busied himself keeping the lawn in order.
Origin of busy
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Antonyms for busy
Related Words for busiestactive, unavailable, working, full, lively, hectic, restless, bustling, curious, occupied, engaged, engrossed, persevering, buried, employed, hustling, swamped, overloaded, snowed, slaving
Examples from the Web for busiest
Contemporary Examples of busiest
They are literally the busiest people I have met in my entire life.Inside the Mind of The Mindy Project’s Resident Weirdo, Ike Barinholtz
September 16, 2014
On her Bar Mitzvah year: “I had the busiest social calendar in New York”The Dark Recesses of Lena's Brain
February 21, 2014
And a cancelation during the busiest travel season of the year could make it difficult to book another flight.A Tale of Thanksgiving Triumph
November 28, 2013
So what about the Northeast Corridor (NEC), which is the busiest section of rail in the U.S.?Amtrak Is a Tax-Sucking Behemoth That Deserves to Die
November 23, 2013
Azzopardi was found in what police described as a 'distressed state', on one of Dublin's busiest shopping streets a month ago.Mystery Dublin Girl ‘an Australian Fraudster’
November 6, 2013
Historical Examples of busiest
Hapgood was busy; Serena was busier, and Azuba was busiest of all.Cap'n Dan's Daughter
Joseph C. Lincoln
As for Kendrick, it was the busiest, most hectic morning he had ever experienced.
Well, for about four days I'm the busiest man out of a job in New York.Shorty McCabe
The busiest men I have known have often been the most intelligent, and the widest readers.A Book for All Readers
Ainsworth Rand Spofford
The girls came upon the old woman in one of her busiest moments.From Place to Place
Irvin S. Cobb
- actively or fully engaged; occupied
- crowded with or characterized by activitya busy day
- mainly US and Canadian (of a room, telephone line, etc) in use; engaged
- overcrowded with detaila busy painting
- meddlesome; inquisitive; prying
- (tr) to make or keep (someone, esp oneself) busy; occupy
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