conforming to, attending to, or characteristic of business.
efficient, practical, or realistic.
capable but unenthusiastic.

Origin of businesslike

First recorded in 1785–95; business + -like
Related formsun·busi·ness·like, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for businesslike

Contemporary Examples of businesslike

Historical Examples of businesslike

  • Sidney had been insistent, and Harriet had topped the argument in her businesslike way.


    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.

  • They were businesslike, relentless, cold, they belonged to the world of the harbor!

    The Harbor

    Ernest Poole

British Dictionary definitions for businesslike



efficient and methodical
earnest or severe
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