the quality or condition of being busy.
lively but meaningless activity.

Nearby words

  1. busy lizzie,
  2. busy signal,
  3. busy work,
  4. busy-work,
  5. busybody,
  6. busywork,
  7. but,
  8. but and ben,
  9. but for,
  10. but good

Origin of busyness

First recorded in 1840–50; busy + -ness

Related formsnon·bus·y·ness, noun

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Word Origin and History for busyness



1849, first attested in Thoreau, from busy (adj.) + -ness. A modern formation made necessary after business evolved away from busy.

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