I. adjective (busier; -est) Etymology: Middle English bisy, from Old English bisig; akin to Middle Dutch & Middle Low German besich busy Date: before 12th century 1. a. engaged in action ; occupied b. being in use <
found the telephone busy
2. full of activity ; bustling <
a busy seaport
3. foolishly or intrusively active ; meddling 4. full of distracting detail <
a busy design
busily adverbbusyness noun Synonyms: busy, industrious, diligent, assiduous, sedulous mean actively engaged or occupied. busy chiefly stresses activity as opposed to idleness or leisure <
too busy to spend time with the children
. industrious implies characteristic or habitual devotion to work <
industrious employees
. diligent suggests earnest application to some specific object or pursuit <
very diligent in her pursuit of a degree
. assiduous stresses careful and unremitting application <
assiduous practice
. sedulous implies painstaking and persevering application <
a sedulous investigation of the murder
. II. verb (busied; busying) Date: before 12th century transitive verb to make busy ; occupy intransitive verb bustle <
small boats busied to and fro — Quentin Crewe

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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