busy


busy
busy [biz′ē]
adj.
busier, busiest [ME busi < OE bisig, occupied, diligent; akin to Du bezig: seen only in LowG & E]
1. occupied in some activity; at work; not idle
2. full of activity; characterized by much action or motion
3.
a) in use at the moment, as a telephone line
b) indicating such use [the busy signal]
4. meddlesome
5. having so much detail, variety of color, etc. as to create a confusing, displeasing effect
vt.
busied, busying [ME busien < OE bisgian, to occupy, employ < bisgu, occupation, labor]
to make or keep busy: often used reflexively
busyness
n.
SYN.- BUSY suggests active employment in some task or activity, either temporarily or habitually [I'm busy just now ]; INDUSTRIOUS suggests habitual devotion to one's work or activity [an industrious salesclerk ]; DILIGENT implies unremitting attention, usually to a particular task, and connotes enjoyment in the task itself [a diligent student of music ]; ASSIDUOUS suggests painstaking, persevering preoccupation with some task [assiduous study ]; SEDULOUS implies unremitting devotion to a task until the goal is reached [a sedulous investigation of the crime ] -ANT. IDLE, LAZY

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