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Definitions of busy

  1. keep busy with; " She busies herself with her butterfly collection"
  2. actively or fully engaged or occupied; " busy with her work"; " a busy man"; " too busy to eat lunch"; " the line is busy"
  3. 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. ( 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. overcrowded or cluttered with detail; " a busy painting"; " a fussy design"
  6. crowdedwith or characterized by much activity; " a very busy week"; " a busy life"; " a busy street"; " a busy seaport"
  7. 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.
  8. Constantly at work; diligent; active.
  9. Officious; meddling; foolish active.
  10. Careful; anxious.
  11. To make or keep busy; to employ; to engage or keep engaged; to occupy; as, to busy one's self with books.
  12. Crowded with business or activities; - said of places and times; as, a busy street.
  13. Earnestly, actively, or closely at work; characteristic of, or pertaining to, industry or diligence; as, the busy hum of the factory; bustling; full of employment; as, a busy day; meddlesome.
  14. To keep engaged; to occupy.
  15. Busied.
  16. Busying.
  17. Busily.
  18. Fully employed: active: diligent: meddling.
  19. To make busy: to occupy:- pr. p. busying; pa. p. busied.
  20. Fully occupied; active; diligent; meddling.
  21. To make busy; to occupy.
  22. To make or be busy; occupy oneself.
  23. Intensely active; habitually occupied; industrious; diligent.
  24. Officiously active; prying; meddling.
  25. Very closely engaged; actively employed; diligent; marked by activity; meddling.
  26. To occupy; to make or keep busy.
  27. Very closely engaged; constantly and actively employed; meddling; troublesome.
  28. To employ constantly; to keep employed; to make busy.
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Usage examples for busy

  1. " I am afraid," Andrew answered, " that I am rather busy just now. – Jeanne of the Marshes by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  2. It was a busy street. – Half Portions by Edna Ferber
  3. But I do remember it was very busy for a while. – Arm of the Law by Harry Harrison
  4. Perhaps, if I am not too busy, I will come for you the next time you go to the shop. – The Tin Soldier by Temple Bailey
  5. While I was busy with this the Captain came up. – Wanderers by Knut Hamsun
  6. I guess you've got a busy day before you. – The Life of Nancy by Sarah Orne Jewett
  7. She was often busy with this thought. – A Letter of Credit by Susan Warner
  8. Be in a hurry, for I am very busy. – Raiding with Morgan by Byron A. Dunn
  9. Now, Beaumanoir, get busy. – A Son of the Immortals by Louis Tracy
  10. He said one day he could imagine they had been very busy and they were tired, and all at once Peter turned to Paul and said, " Paul, wouldn't you like to take a little walk?" – Pleasure & Profit in Bible Study by Dwight Moody
  11. Thou findst, to be too busy is some danger. – The Works Of John Dryden, Vol. 7 (of 18) The Duke of Guise; Albion and Albanius; Don Sebastian by John Dryden
  12. " I have been very busy," replied Dick. – The Everlasting Arms by Joseph Hocking
  13. " He is busy with his work all day long. – The Obstacle Race by Ethel M. Dell
  14. So to the office, where busy all the morning. – Diary of Samuel Pepys, Complete Transcribed From The Shorthand Manuscript In The Pepysian Library Magdalene College Cambridge By The Rev. Mynors Bright by Samuel Pepys Commentator: Lord Braybrooke
  15. No; not unless at a busy time. – The End of a Coil by Susan Warner
  16. Who said I was busy? – The Complete PG Edition of The Works of Winston Churchill by Winston Churchill
  17. He had too busy a time of it. – At the Villa Rose by A. E. W. Mason
  18. You have no idea how busy she is. – The Red Rat's Daughter by Guy Boothby
  19. I don't really expect that, but if they can keep him busy long enough, we can get far enough away so that he won't bother about us any more. – Triplanetary by Edward Elmer Smith
  20. You know a person can be busy and not happy. – That Fortune by Charles Dudley Warner Last Updated: February 22, 2009
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