A toddler busy in the garden.
- 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.
- 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 of busyMiddle English busi from Old English bisig, occupied, diligent; akin to Dutch bezig: seen only in Low German and eastern; English
transitive verbbus′ied, bus′y·ing
Origin of busyME busien < OE bisgian, to occupy, employ < bisgu, occupation, labor
- Engaged in activity, as work; occupied. See Synonyms at active.
- Characterized by or sustaining much activity: a busy morning; a busy street.
- Being a busybody; meddlesome; prying.
- Being in use, as a telephone line.
- Cluttered with detail to the point of being distracting: a busy design.
transitive verbbus·ied, bus·y·ing, bus·ies
Origin of busyMiddle English bisi, busi from Old English bysig
(comparative busier, superlative busiest)
- Crowded with business or activities; having a great deal going on.
- a busy street
- Engaged in another activity or by someone else.
- The director cannot see you now, he's busy.
- Her telephone has been busy all day.
- She is too busy to have time for riddles.
- Having a lot going on; complicated or intricate.
- Flowers, stripes, and checks in the same fabric make for a busy pattern.
- Officious; meddling.
(third-person singular simple present busies, present participle busying, simple past and past participle busied)
- To make somebody busy, to keep busy with, to occupy, to make occupied.
- To rush somebody.
From Middle English busi, besy, bisi, from Old English bysiġ, *biesiġ, bisiġ (“busy, occupied, diligent”). Cognate with Dutch bezig (“busy”), Low German besig (“busy”), Old Frisian bisgia (“to use”), Old English bisgian (“to occupy, employ, trouble, afflict”).
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.