Busy Definition

bĭzē
busied, busier, busies, busiest, busying
adjective
busier, busiest
Occupied in some activity; at work; not idle.
Webster's New World
Full of activity; characterized by much action or motion.
Webster's New World
In use at the moment, as a telephone line.
Webster's New World
Indicating such use.
The busy signal.
Webster's New World
Meddlesome.
Webster's New World
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verb
busied, busies, busying
To make or keep busy.
Webster's New World
To rush somebody.
Wiktionary
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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.

Webster's New World Telecom

Other Word Forms of Busy

Adjective

Base Form:
busy
Comparative:
busier
Superlative:
busiest

Origin of Busy

  • 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”).

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English bisi, busi from Old English bysig

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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