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Meaning of BUSY

Pronunciation:  'bizee

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  crowded with or characterized by much activity; "a very busy week"; "a busy life"; "a busy street"; "a busy seaport"
  2. [adj]  actively or fully engaged or occupied; "busy with her work"; "a busy man"; "too busy to eat lunch"; "the line is busy"
  3. [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"
  4. [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"
  5. [adj]  overcrowded or cluttered with detail; "a busy painting"; "a fussy design"
  6. [v]  keep busy with; "She busies herself with her butterfly collection"

BUSY is a 4 letter word that starts with B.


 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



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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,
    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.
    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;
  2. \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.
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