Definitions for: Busy


[adj] crowded with or characterized by much activity; "a very busy week"; "a busy life"; "a busy street"; "a busy seaport"
[adj] actively or fully engaged or occupied; "busy with her work"; "a busy man"; "too busy to eat lunch"; "the line is busy"
[adj] intrusive in a meddling or offensive manner; "an interfering old woman"; "bustling about self-importantly making an officious nuisance of himself"; "busy about other people's business"
[adj] (of facilities such as telephones or lavatories) unavailable for use by anyone else or indicating unavailability; (`engaged' is a British term for a busy telephone line); "her line is busy"; "receptionists' telephones are always engaged"; "the lavatory is in use"; "kept getting a busy signal"
[adj] overcrowded or cluttered with detail; "a busy painting"; "a fussy design"
[v] keep busy with; "She busies herself with her butterfly collection"



Webster (1913) Definition: Bus"y (b[i^]z"z[y^]), a. [OE. busi, bisi, AS. bysig; akin
to D. bezig, LG. besig; cf. Skr. bh[=u]sh to be active,
busy.]
1. Engaged in some business; hard at work (either habitually
or only for the time being); occupied with serious
affairs; not idle nor at leisure; as, a busy merchant.

Sir, my mistress sends you word That she is busy,
and she can not come. --Shak.

2. Constantly at work; diligent; active.

Busy hammers closing rivets up. --Shak.

Religious motives . . . are so busy in the heart.
--Addison.

3. Crowded with business or activities; -- said of places and
times; as, a busy street.

To-morrow is a busy day. --Shak.

4. Officious; meddling; foolish active.

On meddling monkey, or on busy ape. --Shak.

5. Careful; anxious. [Obs.] --Chaucer.

Syn: Diligent; industrious; assiduous; active; occupied;
engaged.


Bus"y (b[i^]z"z[y^]), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Busied
(b[i^]z"z[i^]d); p. pr. & vb. n. Busying.] [AS. bysgian.]
To make or keep busy; to employ; to engage or keep engaged;
to occupy; as, to busy one's self with books.

Be it thy course to busy giddy minds With foreign
quarrels. --Shak.

Synonyms: active, at work(p), busybodied, drudging, engaged, fancy, fussy, in use(p), interfering, intrusive, laboring, labouring, meddlesome, meddling, occupied, occupy, officious, overbusy, tied up(p), toiling, up to

Antonyms: idle

See Also: dabble, diligent, employed, play around, potter, putter, smatter, work

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