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 over-busy
It is necessarily true in all such cases that many of the over-busy man's duties recur day after day.Forging Ahead in Business|Various
This is no disease, to be treated with the grey powder and the castor oil wherewith the over-busy monthly nurse is always ready.The Mother's Manual of Children's Diseases|Charles West, M.D.
These attacks were some of the “arrows of malignancy,” which naturally fell about the over-busy man.Sir James Young Simpson and Chloroform (1811-1870)|Henry Laing Gordon
Jealousy, that troubler of reason, had been over-busy with his wits as it had with hers.Captain Blood|Rafael Sabatini
She got up and walked about, to try and stop her over-busy fancy by bodily exercise.Ruth|Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
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