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Definitions of busy

  1. To keep engaged; to occupy. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  2. To make or be busy; occupy oneself. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  3. To make or keep busy; to employ; to engage or keep engaged; to occupy; as, to busy one's self with books. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. To make busy: to occupy:-pr.p. busying; pa.p. busied. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  5. To occupy; to make or keep busy. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  6. To employ constantly; to keep employed; to make busy. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  7. Busying. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  8. Busily. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  9. actively or fully engaged or occupied; "busy with her work"; "a busy man"; "too busy to eat lunch"; "the line is busy" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  10. 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  11. (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" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  12. crowdedwith or characterized by much activity; "a very busy week"; "a busy life"; "a busy street"; "a busy seaport" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  13. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  14. Constantly at work; diligent; active. Webster Dictionary DB
  15. Careful; anxious. Webster Dictionary DB
  16. Crowded with business or activities; - said of places and times; as, a busy street. Webster Dictionary DB
  17. 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. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  18. Fully employed: active: diligent: meddling. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  19. Fully occupied; active; diligent; meddling. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  20. To make busy; to occupy. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  21. Intensely active; habitually occupied; industrious; diligent. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  22. Officiously active; prying; meddling. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  23. Very closely engaged; actively employed; diligent; marked by activity; meddling. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  24. Very closely engaged; constantly and actively employed; meddling; troublesome. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  25. Busied. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.

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Usage examples for busy

  1. " He is busy with his work all day long. – The Obstacle Race by Ethel M. Dell
  2. 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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