adjective (busier, busiest)
- 1Having a great deal to do: he had been too busy to enjoy himself there was enough work to keep two people busyMore example sentences
- The Prime Minister is indeed a very busy man, negotiating deals on behalf of Australia and the Australian people.
- Bunclody fire service is being kept very busy at the moment dealing with chimney fires, but no tragedies have taken place.
- They were obviously too busy to deal with their numerous, silly questions.
- 1.1Occupied with or concentrating on a particular activity or object of attention: the team members are busy raising money he was busy with preparationsMore example sentences
- The company is also busy hammering out deals with content producers.
- The corporate wing of the Democratic Party is busy brokering a back-room deal.
- They are too busy negotiating film deals in Hollywood and consulting on theatrical adaptations.
- 1.2(Of a place) full of activity.More example sentences
- As it was, the explosion was centered in a very busy marketplace full of book sellers and street merchants.
- We live in a busy world full of fear and isolation.
- He bowed, took a step, and vanished into a busy street full of pedestrians.
- 1.3Excessively detailed or decorated; fussy: they papered the bedroom with a busy pattern of satyrs and dryadsMore example sentences
- In the shop, we found a fluffy, long skirt with a busy paisley pattern on it.
- There's no doubt about it, plaid, like any other busy pattern, can put on the illusion of girth.
- He opened it, the first page emblazoned with flashy colours and busy patterns.
- 1.4chiefly North American (Of a telephone line) engaged.More example sentences
- I pick up the phone and dial his number to tell him, but his line is busy.
- So instead she tried dialing Montgomery home but the line was busy.
- I tried phoning the house a couple of times, but the line was busy, Billy's sister was probably using it.
verb (busies, busying, busied)[with object] (busy oneself) Back to top
- Keep occupied: she busied herself with her new homeMore example sentences
- Moreover, one can busy oneself almost endlessly in talking about measurement and assessment.
- I note the time and busy myself making a pot of tea to keep my mind occupied until the 3-minute mark.
- Too often we busy ourselves with petty distractions, in order to escape the confrontation with reality.
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- Activity and busyness make me feel that I am vitally alive.
- We wanted our products to speak for themselves and hid behind our busyness.
- Paisley is a very bold, compassionless thing that should not be taken lightly - and certainly not with a skirt of competing busyness that sort of looks like a domestic accident.
Old English bisgian (verb), bisig (noun); related to Dutch bezig.