What is the meaning of busy?


  • Keep busy with.
    • usage: "She busies herself with her butterfly collection"


  • Actively or fully engaged or occupied.
    • usage: "busy with her work"; "a busy man"; "too busy to eat lunch"
  • Overcrowded or cluttered with detail.
    • usage: "a busy painting"; "a fussy design"
  • Intrusive in a meddling or offensive manner.
    • usage: "an interfering old woman"; "bustling about self-importantly making an officious nuisance of himself"; "busy about other people's business"
  • Crowded with or characterized by much activity.
    • usage: "a very busy week"; "a busy life"; "a busy street"; "a busy seaport"
  • Of facilities such as telephones or lavatories. ( unavailable for use by anyone else or indicating unavailability; (`engaged' is a British term for a busy telephone line))
    • usage: "her line is busy"; "receptionists' telephones are always engaged"; "the lavatory is in use"; "kept getting a busy signal"
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APAWordNet. (2010). busy. Retrieved April 23, 2019, from http://smartdefine.org/busy/definitions/1170023
ChicagoWordNet. 2010. "busy" http://smartdefine.org/busy/definitions/1170023 (accessed April 23, 2019).
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