[ in-duhs-tree-uhs ]
/ ɪnˈdʌs tri əs /


working energetically and devotedly; hard-working; diligent: an industrious person.
Obsolete. skillful.

Nearby words

  1. industrialist,
  2. industrialization,
  3. industrialize,
  4. industrialized,
  5. industrials,
  6. industriously,
  7. industry,
  8. industrywide,
  9. indwell,
  10. indwelling

Origin of industrious

1525–35; < Middle French industrie “cleverness, skill,” from Old French industrie “contrivance, device,” from Latin industrius “diligent, assiduous”; equivalent to indo-, by-form of in-in-2 + -struus, noun derivative of struere “to arrange, devise, build”

Related forms
Can be confusedindustrial industrious

Synonym study

1. See busy. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for industriously

British Dictionary definitions for industriously


/ (ɪnˈdʌstrɪəs) /


hard-working, diligent, or assiduous
an obsolete word for skilful
Derived Formsindustriously, adverbindustriousness, noun

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Word Origin and History for industriously



"characterized by energy, effort, and attention," 1520s (implied in industriously), from Middle French industrieux and directly from Late Latin industriosus, from Latin industria (see industry). Retains the etymological sense. Related: Industriousness.

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