Pronunciation Adjective

busy (comparative busier, superlative busiest)

  1. Crowded with business or activities; having a great deal going on.
    • c. 1593, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedy of Richard the Third: […]”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act V, scene iii]:
      To-morrow is a busy day.
    We crossed a busy street.
  2. Engaged in activity or by someone else.
    The director cannot see you now: he's busy.
    Her telephone has been busy all day.
    He is busy with piano practice.
    They are busy getting ready for the annual meeting.
  3. Having a lot going on; complicated or intricate.
    Flowers, stripes, and checks in the same fabric make for a busy pattern.
  4. Officious; meddling.
    • 1603, William Shakespeare, The Tragedy of Othello, The Moor of Venice, IV. ii. 130:
      I will be hanged if some eternal villain, / Some busy and insinuating rogue, / Some cogging, cozening slave, to get some office, / Have not devised this slander; I'll be hanged else.
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busy (busies, present participle busying; past and past participle busied)

  1. (transitive) To make somebody busy or active; to occupy.
    • On my vacation I'll busy myself with gardening.
  2. (transitive) To rush somebody.
Translations Noun

busy (plural busies)

  1. (slang, UK, Liverpool, derogatory) A police officer.

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