busily

[biz-uh-lee]

adverb

in a busy manner; actively.

Nearby words

  1. bushwalking,
  2. bushwhack,
  3. bushwhacker,
  4. bushy,
  5. bushy-tailed,
  6. business,
  7. business administration,
  8. business agent,
  9. business angel,
  10. business as usual

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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British Dictionary definitions for busily

busily

adverb

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

busily

adv.

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

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