adjective (busier, busiest)
- 1Having a great deal to do: he had been too busy to enjoy himselfMore 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 moneyMore 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 time or place) full of activity: the busy city streets I’ve had a busy dayMore 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.
- 1.3chiefly 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.
- 2Excessively detailed or decorated: the lavish set designs are a little too busyMore 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.
verb (busies, busying, busied)(busy oneself) Back to top
- Keep oneself 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.
noun(also bizzy) (plural busies or bizzies) British • informal Back to top
- A police officer: I was picked up by the busies for possessionMore example sentences
- The bizzies just stick up for them, minute they're there they're around them.
- And, when the bizzies sped round to the Close one last time, nobody had seen a thing, honest.
- The bizzies took him away because they said he was illegal but they gave me him back after two days.
- 1Begin work or tasks that need to be done: this meeting is dismissed—let’s get busy, peopleMore example sentences
- Now with your second chance, you can get busy.
- You're right, I need to get busy or I'll get nothing done.
- Unions leaders need to get busy getting their act together, too.
- 2 • informal Have sexual intercourse.More example sentences
- The film opens with a handful of high school kids, getting busy in the back seats of their cars.
- I've never met a girl who could resist being alone with him and they didn't get busy.
- John and I got busy just that afternoon when everyone was out.
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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, of unknown origin.