meaning of busy

busy meaning in General Dictionary

In order to make or keep busy to use to engage or hold engaged to reside regarding busy ones self with books

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  • involved with some business difficult at your workplace either habitually or limited to the time being occupied with serious affairs maybe not idle nor at leisure as a busy merchant
  • overcrowded or chaotic with detail
  • (of facilities such telephones or lavatories) unavailable for use by other people or suggesting unavailability; (`engaged' is a British term for a busy telephone range)
  • invasive in a meddling or unpleasant fashion
  • earnestly or totally involved or occupied
  • crowded with or described as much activity
  • keep busy with
  • involved with some company; difficult at the job (either constantly or limited to enough time being); occupied with really serious affairs; perhaps not idle nor at leisure; since, a hectic vendor.
  • Constantly at the job; diligent; active.
  • Crowded with business or tasks; -- stated of locations and times; because, a busy street.
  • Officious; meddling; foolish active.
  • cautious; nervous.
  • which will make or keep hectic; to use; to interact or keep engaged; to occupy; since, to hectic a person's self with books.

busy meaning in Etymology Dictionary

Old English bisig "careful, nervous," later on "constantly utilized or occupied," cognate with Old Dutch bezich, Low German besig; no known connection with virtually any Germanic or Indo-European language. Still pronounced as with center English, but for some unclear reason the spelling shifted to -u- in 15c. The notion of "anxiousness" has drained from word since Middle English. Usually in a negative good sense during the early contemporary English, "prying, meddlesome" (preserved in busybody). The phrase was a euphemism for "intimately energetic" in 17c. Of phone lines, 1893. Of display work, "excessively detailed, visually cluttered," 1903.

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  • late Old English bisgian, from busy (adj.). Associated: Busied; busying.

busy meaning in General Dictionary

(a.) involved with some company; tough at the job (either habitually or limited to the full time becoming); occupied with really serious matters; not idle nor at leisure; because, a busy vendor.

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  • (a.) continuously at your workplace; diligent; energetic.
  • (a.) Crowded with business or activities; -- said of locations and times; as, a busy road.
  • (a.) Officious; meddling; silly energetic.
  • (a.) Careful; anxious.
  • (v. t.) In order to make or keep busy; to hire; to engage or keep engaged; to inhabit; as, to hectic your self with books.

Sentence Examples with the word busy

Now, these naughty fairies were so busy and so merry over their frolic that they forgot all about their errand and their master's command to go quickly, but soon they found to their dismay why they had been bidden to hasten, for although they had, as they supposed, hidden the treasure carefully, yet the bright eyes of King Sun had spied out the jars among the leaves, and as he and King Frost could never agree as to what was the best way of benefiting the world, he was very glad of a good opportunity of playing a joke upon his rather sharp rival.

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