- The definition of busy is being occupied with tasks or being crowded and full of activity.
- An example of busy is an executive with 10 meetings in a day.
- An example of busy is when you fill your time with gardening.
- An example of busy is when a restaurant has every table full.
A toddler busy in the garden.
busy definition by Webster's New World
- occupied in some activity; at work; not idle
- full of activity; characterized by much action or motion
- in use at the moment, as a telephone line
- indicating such use: the busy signal
- having so much detail, variety of color, etc. as to create a confusing, displeasing effect
Origin: Middle English busi ; from Old English bisig, occupied, diligent; akin to Dutch bezig: seen only in Low German and amp; eastern; English
- busyness noun
busy definition by American Heritage Dictionary
adjective bus·i·er, bus·i·est
- Engaged in activity, as work; occupied.
- Sustaining much activity: a busy morning; a busy street.
- Meddlesome; prying.
- Being in use, as a telephone line.
- Cluttered with detail to the point of being distracting: a busy design.
Origin: Middle English bisi, busi, from Old English bysig.
- busˈi·ly adverb
- busˈy·ness noun
busy - Computer Definition
The condition that exists when a central office (CO), PBX, destination telephone circuit, or other voice telecommunications component is in use at its full capacity and not available to accept additional calls. If a caller attempts to place a call to a device that is in a busy condition, the device returns a busy signal in the backward direction. For a telephone, busy is the same as off hook. See also busy signal.