Definition of Busywork

1. Noun. Active work of little value. "While he was waiting he filled the days with busywork"

Exact synonyms: Make-work
Generic synonyms: Work

Definition of Busywork

1. Noun. Alternative spelling for busy work. ¹

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Definition of Busywork

1. active but valueless work [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Busywork

busy beaver
busy beavers
busy bee
busy bees
busy bodies
busy body
busy signal
busy work
busywork (current term)
but for
but for the grace of God
but hey
but if
but me no buts
but seriously folks
but then
but who's counting

Literary usage of Busywork

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1. Becoming One Community: Reading & Writing with English Language Learners by Kathleen Fay, Suzanne Whaley (2004)
"For the first few days of school, it may seem easier to give the children busywork while individually conferring with students, but what is easier for the ..."

2. The Daily Five: Fostering Literacy Independence in the Elementary Grades by Gail Boushey, Joan Moser (2006)
"We began with a teacher-driven model that relied on busywork and artificial reading and writing activities (worksheets and so on). ..."

3. Literature Circles: Voice and Choice in Book Clubs and Reading Groups by Harvey Daniels (2002)
"They subconsciously shift into that Standard busywork Mode they've acquired over many years of paper pushing in school: do the minimum, get it done as fast ..."

4. First Lessons: A Report on Elementary Education in America by William J. Bennett (1986)
"But many of them do little to build reading or reasoning skills and, when handed out as busywork, they may even undermine children's respect for real ..."

5. Nonfiction Matters: Reading, Writing, and Research in Grades 3-8 by Stephanie Harvey (1998)
"Watch out when the KWL chart becomes just more busywork. KWL charts are highly effective tools to support nonfiction inquiry and clarify thinking when ..."

6. The Learning Process by Stephen Sheldon Colvin (1911)
""busywork" that makes excessive demands on both pupil and teacher, and creates an atmosphere of unrest, must be avoided. The irritable teacher is a positive ..."

7. American Physical Education Review by American Physical Education Association (1902)
"busywork. 10.30 AM Girl. On left foot. R. knee in desk. Boy. Twisted. On right elbow. Girl. Flat chest. Shoulders rounded. Boy. Good. Girl. ..."

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