busy

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adjective, bus·i·er, bus·i·est.

verb (used with object), bus·ied, bus·y·ing.

to keep occupied; make or keep busy: In summer, he busied himself keeping the lawn in order.

Nearby words

  1. busto arsizio,
  2. busty,
  3. busulfan,
  4. busuuti,
  5. busway,
  6. busy as a beaver,
  7. busy lizzie,
  8. busy signal,
  9. busy work,
  10. busy-work

Origin of busy

before 1000; Middle English busi, bisi, Old English bysig, bisig; cognate with Middle Low German, Middle Dutch besich, Dutch bezig

SYNONYMS FOR busy
1. assiduous, hard-working. 2. occupied, employed, working.

Related forms

Synonym study

1. Busy, diligent, industrious imply active or earnest effort to accomplish something, or a habitual attitude of such earnestness. Busy means actively employed, temporarily or habitually: a busy official. Diligent suggests earnest and constant effort or application, and usually connotes fondness for, or enjoyment of, what one is doing: a diligent student. Industrious often implies a habitual characteristic of steady and zealous application, often with a definite goal: an industrious clerk working for promotion.

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British Dictionary definitions for busy

busy

adjective busier or busiest

actively or fully engaged; occupied
crowded with or characterized by activitya busy day
mainly US and Canadian (of a room, telephone line, etc) in use; engaged
overcrowded with detaila busy painting
meddlesome; inquisitive; prying

verb busies, busying or busied

(tr) to make or keep (someone, esp oneself) busy; occupy
Derived Formsbusyness, noun

Word Origin for busy

Old English bisig; related to Middle Dutch besich, perhaps to Latin festīnāre to hurry

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Word Origin and History for busy
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Idioms and Phrases with busy

busy

In addition to the idioms beginning with busy

  • busy as a beaver
  • busy work

also see:

  • get busy
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