- conforming to, attending to, or characteristic of business.
- efficient, practical, or realistic.
- capable but unenthusiastic.
Origin of businesslike
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
Examples from the Web for businesslike
Furry asked, looking at Charley with serious, businesslike gray eyes.Stanley Booth on the Life and Hard Times of Blues Genius Furry Lewis
June 7, 2014
But there should be sufficient common ground to enable at the very least a businesslike approach.Is Egypt an Ally of the U.S.?
September 16, 2012
The Bangkok “fish tank” bordello is glitzy and businesslike.‘Whores’ Glory’: An Interview With Michael Glawogger
April 28, 2012
“It still causes a great deal of emotion,” Oprah went on in businesslike fashion.Oprah Disses a Civil-Rights Icon
October 28, 2011
She perfectly captures the jaunty, businesslike hooker enjoying the absurd side of her job.Isabelle Huppert Plays a Call Girl
August 26, 2011
Sidney had been insistent, and Harriet had topped the argument in her businesslike way.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
"I do, gracious one," Bedr responded with businesslike promptness.It Happened in Egypt
C. N. Williamson
Miss Georgie rose, the crisp, businesslike operator, and went to the table.Good Indian
B. M. Bower
Then he went to work to accomplish this purpose in a businesslike way.The Long Labrador Trail
They were businesslike, relentless, cold, they belonged to the world of the harbor!The Harbor
- efficient and methodical
- earnest or severe
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012