Busy meaning

bĭzē
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.

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Engaged in activity, as work; occupied.
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Characterized by or sustaining much activity.

A busy morning; a busy street.

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Being a busybody; meddlesome; prying.
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Having a lot going on; complicated or intricate.

Flowers, stripes, and checks in the same fabric make for a busy pattern.

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Meddlesome.
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Being in use, as a telephone line.
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Cluttered with detail to the point of being distracting.

A busy design.

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Full of activity; characterized by much action or motion.
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Having so much detail, variety of color, etc. as to create a confusing, displeasing effect.
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To make or keep busy.
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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.
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Crowded with business or activities; having a great deal going on.

A busy street.

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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.

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Officious; meddling.

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To make somebody busy, to keep busy with, to occupy, to make occupied.
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To rush somebody.
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To make busy; occupy.

Busied myself preparing my tax return.

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Occupied in some activity; at work; not idle.
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Origin of busy

  • Middle English bisi, busi from Old English bysig

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

  • 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