What does busy mean?

Definitions for busy
ˈbɪz ibusy

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word busy.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. busyadjective

    actively or fully engaged or occupied

    "busy with her work"; "a busy man"; "too busy to eat lunch"

  2. busy, fussyadjective

    overcrowded or cluttered with detail

    "a busy painting"; "a fussy design"

  3. interfering, meddlesome, meddling, officious, busy, busybodiedadjective

    intrusive in a meddling or offensive manner

    "an interfering old woman"; "bustling about self-importantly making an officious nuisance of himself"; "busy about other people's business"

  4. busyadjective

    crowded with or characterized by much activity

    "a very busy week"; "a busy life"; "a busy street"; "a busy seaport"

  5. busy, engaged, in use(p)verb

    (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)

    "her line is busy"; "receptionists' telephones are always engaged"; "the lavatory is in use"; "kept getting a busy signal"

  6. busy, occupyverb

    keep busy with

    "She busies herself with her butterfly collection"

Wiktionary

  1. busyverb

    To make somebody busy, to keep busy with, to occupy, to make occupied.

    Etymology: From busi, besy, bisi, from bysig, *, bisig. Cognate with bezig, besig, bisgia, bisgian.

  2. busyverb

    To rush somebody.

    Etymology: From busi, besy, bisi, from bysig, *, bisig. Cognate with bezig, besig, bisgia, bisgian.

  3. busyadjective

    Doing a great deal; having a lot of things to do in the space of time given

    It has been a busy day.

    Etymology: From busi, besy, bisi, from bysig, *, bisig. Cognate with bezig, besig, bisgia, bisgian.

  4. busyadjective

    Engaged in another activity or by someone else.

    Etymology: From busi, besy, bisi, from bysig, *, bisig. Cognate with bezig, besig, bisgia, bisgian.

  5. busyadjective

    Having a lot going on; complicated or intricate.

    Flowers, stripes, and checks in the same fabric make for a busy pattern.

    Etymology: From busi, besy, bisi, from bysig, *, bisig. Cognate with bezig, besig, bisgia, bisgian.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Busyadjective

    engaged in some business; hard at work (either habitually or only for the time being); occupied with serious affairs; not idle nor at leisure; as, a busy merchant

  2. Busyadjective

    constantly at work; diligent; active

  3. Busyadjective

    crowded with business or activities; -- said of places and times; as, a busy street

  4. Busyadjective

    officious; meddling; foolish active

  5. Busyadjective

    careful; anxious

  6. Busyverb

    to make or keep busy; to employ; to engage or keep engaged; to occupy; as, to busy one's self with books

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Busy

    biz′i, adj. fully employed: active: diligent: meddling.—v.t. to make busy: to occupy:—pr.p. busying (biz′i-ing); pa.p. busied (biz′id).—adv. Bus′ily.—n. Bus′ybody, one busy about others' affairs, a meddling person.—adj. Bus′yless (Shak.), without business.—n. Bus′yness, state of being busy. [A.S. bysig.]

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  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'busy' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2286

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'busy' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1179

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'busy' in Adjectives Frequency: #259

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of busy in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of busy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of busy in a Sentence

  1. Houston Fire Chief Samuel Peña:

    In an EMS system as busy as Houston's, detention of EMS crews at the hospitals will result in increased response times for the entire system.

  2. Theodore Roosevelt:

    Whenever you are asked if you can do a job, tell 'em, 'Certainly I can' Then get busy and find out how to do it.

  3. Tom Holland:

    Maybe in the future, but in all honesty I'm just too busy right now. I don't have the time, i've got an' Uncharted' press tour to do, and then I start shooting in early March for this TV show [ Apple TV +'s' The Crowded Room' ] which is going to take up a lot of my time and is definitely the hardest role I've ever taken on. So maybe one day in the future. But no, not right now. Honestly, I just don't have the time. And you know I would love to do that — I love that kind of thing, I love being put under pressure and doing things that I feel uncomfortable doing. So I'm interested in it, but I just don't have the time.

  4. Matt Licari/Invision/AP:

    It was harder, but it sure kept me busy.

  5. Musin Almat Zhumabekovich:

    To understand life, people look at mountains and waves - this is romanticism. To understand life, you need to look at a busy intersection - this is realism. You look at the crossroads and think where they are all in a hurry, after all, they do not have time to live, they are in a hurry to do stupid things, they hurry to their graves.

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