[biz-ee] /ˈbɪz i/
adjective, busier, busiest.
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.
verb (used with object), busied, busying.
to keep occupied; make or keep busy:
In summer, he busied himself keeping the lawn in order.
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
Old English bisig “careful, anxious,” later “continually employed or occupied,” cognate with Old Dutch bezich, Low German besig; no known connection with any other Germanic or Indo-European language. Still pronounced as in Middle English, but for some unclear reason the spelling shifted to -u- in 15c.
The notion of “anxiousness” has drained from the word since Middle English. Often in a bad sense in early Modern English, “prying, meddlesome” (preserved in busybody). The word was a euphemism for “sexually active” in 17c. Of telephone lines, 1893. Of display work, “excessively detailed, visually cluttered,” 1903.
late Old English bisgian, from busy (adj.). Related: Busied; busying.
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[verb oh-ver-kawl, oh-ver-kawl; noun oh-ver-kawl] /verb ˌoʊ vərˈkɔl, ˈoʊ vərˌkɔl; noun ˈoʊ vərˌkɔl/ verb (used with or without object) 1. Cards. to make an overcall. noun 2. Cards. a bid higher than the previous bid. 3. Bridge. a bid on a higher level than, or in a higher ranking suit than, the previous bid of […]
[oh-ver-keym] /ˌoʊ vərˈkeɪm/ verb 1. simple past tense of . [oh-ver-kuhm] /ˌoʊ vərˈkʌm/ verb (used with object), overcame, overcome, overcoming. 1. to get the better of in a struggle or conflict; conquer; defeat: to overcome the enemy. 2. to prevail over (opposition, a debility, temptations, etc.); surmount: to overcome one’s weaknesses. 3. to overpower or […]
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