Busy



actively and attentively engaged in work or a pastime:
busy with her work.
not at leisure; otherwise engaged:
He couldn’t see any visitors because he was busy.
full of or characterized by activity:
a busy life.
(of a telephone line) in use by a party or parties and not immediately accessible.
officious; meddlesome; prying.
ornate, disparate, or clashing in design or colors; cluttered with small, unharmonious details; fussy:
The rug is too busy for this room.
to keep occupied; make or keep busy:
In summer, he busied himself keeping the lawn in order.
Contemporary Examples

The Good, the Bad, and the Pink Eye Brett Singer February 22, 2014
The Cheating German Baron Stefan Theil March 1, 2011
December’s Economic Signs Looked Positive Amid Uncertainty Daniel Gross January 2, 2013
Inside a Davos Dinner of Global Superstars January 23, 2013
Al Qaeda Offers Gold for Ambassador’s Murder Vivian Salama December 29, 2012

Historical Examples

Frank Roscoe’s Secret Allen Chapman
The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
Red Men and White Owen Wister
The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
Tara Philip Meadows Taylor

adjective busier, busiest
actively or fully engaged; occupied
crowded with or characterized by activity: a busy day
(mainly US & Canadian) (of a room, telephone line, etc) in use; engaged
overcrowded with detail: a busy painting
meddlesome; inquisitive; prying
verb busies, busying, busied
(transitive) to make or keep (someone, esp oneself) busy; occupy
adj.
v.

busy as a beaver
busy work

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