Definition of Busy

1. Verb. Keep busy with. "She busies herself with her butterfly collection"

Exact synonyms: Occupy
Generic synonyms: Work
Specialized synonyms: Potter, Putter, Dabble, Play Around, Smatter
Derivative terms: Occupation

2. Adjective. Actively or fully engaged or occupied. "Too busy to eat lunch"

3. Adjective. Overcrowded or cluttered with detail. "A fussy design"
Exact synonyms: Fussy
Similar to: Fancy
Derivative terms: Fussiness

4. Adjective. Intrusive in a meddling or offensive manner. "Busy about other people's business"
Exact synonyms: Busybodied, Interfering, Meddlesome, Meddling, Officious
Similar to: Intrusive
Derivative terms: Meddlesomeness, Officiousness

5. Adjective. Crowded with or characterized by much activity. "A busy seaport"
Similar to: Active
Derivative terms: Busyness

6. Adjective. (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). "Kept getting a busy signal"
Exact synonyms: Engaged, In Use
Similar to: Occupied
Derivative terms: Busyness

Definition of Busy

1. a. 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.

2. v. t. To make or keep busy; to employ; to engage or keep engaged; to occupy; as, to busy one's self with books.

Definition of Busy

1. Adjective. Doing a great deal; having a lot of things to do in the space of time given ¹

2. Adjective. Engaged in another activity or by someone else. ¹

3. Adjective. Having a lot going on; complicated or intricate. ¹

4. Verb. To make somebody '''busy''', to keep busy with, to occupy, to make occupied. ¹

5. Verb. To rush somebody. ¹

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Definition of Busy

1. occupied [adj BUSIER, BUSIEST] / to make busy [v BUSIED, BUSYING, BUSIES] - See also: busy

Medical Definition of Busy

1. 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. Synonym: Diligent, industrious, assiduous, active, occupied, engaged. Origin: OE. Busi, bisi, AS. Bysig; akin to D. Bezig, LG. Besig; cf. Skr. Bhsh to be active, busy. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Busy

bustles with
bustling with
busy (current term)
busy as a beaver
busy as a bee
busy beaver
busy beavers
busy bee
busy bees
busy bodies
busy body
busy signal
busy work

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