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 busy
Bush busy engaging constituents on both sides of the same-sex marriage debate ahead of the 2004 presidential election.
At some point during his busy schedule, Israel found the time to write a book, titled The Global War on Morris.Powerful Congressman Writes About ‘Fleshy Breasts’|Asawin Suebsaeng|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
If the world is going to end, why are evangelicals so busy trying to save it?
He said it was okay, that he had been busy too… busy fighting serious intestinal problems.
I finally called Lee a couple of times and we talked but he was busy with guests at the house.
Lizzie, indeed, is fond of work; she is busy all day long, and it is evident that her sewing-machine is not allowed to rust.London's Heart|B. L. (Benjamin Leopold) Farjeon
Maybe we'll have to relay him some instrument checks, to keep him busy.Suzy|Watson Parker
I know how busy you are, and I ought not to have asked you to come.Theft|Jack London
Narrow at the end of the busy needle each time until but 26 stitches are left on the busy needle.Handbook of Wool Knitting and Crochet|Anonymous
"Then it's probably fortunate that I'm not busy at all," he said.Thrice Armed|Harold Bindloss
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