in a busy manner; actively.

Origin of busily

First recorded in 1175–1225, busily is from the Middle English word bisiliche. See busy, -ly
Related formsnon·bus·i·ly, adverbo·ver·bus·i·ly, adverbsu·per·bus·i·ly, adverbun·bus·i·ly, adverb
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Contemporary Examples of busily

Historical Examples of busily

  • Eudora blushed deeply, and busily caressed the dog with her foot.


    Lydia Maria Child

  • Viviette, coming in later in hat and jacket, found him busily writing.


    William J. Locke

  • He had stripped off his coat and waistcoat, and was busily at work in his shirt-sleeves.

    Little Daffydowndilly

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • The others had returned, and were all busily engaged with the trophies of the traps.

  • Mary was sitting by her sorting-table, busily sorting rags as she talked.

    The Green Satin Gown

    Laura E. Richards

British Dictionary definitions for busily



in a busy manner; industriously
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Word Origin and History for busily

c.1200, bisiliche; see busy (adj.) + -ly (2).

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