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 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|Kevin Fallon|September 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
On her Bar Mitzvah year: “I had the busiest social calendar in New York”
And a cancelation during the busiest travel season of the year could make it difficult to book another flight.
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|Jim Epstein|November 23, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Azzopardi was found in what police described as a 'distressed state', on one of Dublin's busiest shopping streets a month ago.
The young railroader confessed to himself that this was the busiest hour of his life.Ralph, the Train Dispatcher|Allen Chapman
Whf-f the steam came out of them, and the busiest of all was Sam Leary, with the big turkey between his feet.Wide Courses|James Brendan Connolly
Right in the busiest, most bustling part of the town, its fresco and bronze and iron quaintly suggestive of mediæval times.Violets and Other Tales|Alice Ruth Moore
He jumped right in among those ants, and for a little while he was the busiest Toad ever seen.The Adventures of Old Mr. Toad|Thornton W. Burgess
The nights in the trenches were the busiest time not only on account of darkness but also on account of coolness.With a Highland Regiment in Mesopotamia|One of its Officer
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