busy

When you're busy, you have things to do. You're occupied and probably not bored.

This word always means there's some kind of activity. When a phone line is busy, you can't get your call through. If you find the bathroom is busy, you'll have to wait it's free. When a supervisor is around, employees need to look busy. A busy intersection is loaded with traffic. If you're too busy playing basketball to finish your homework, your grades might suffer. It's good to be busy, but when people are too busy, they get stressed out.

Primary Meanings of busy

1.
adjv
actively or fully engaged or occupied
keep busy with
2.
adj
crowded with or characterized by much activity
3.
adj
intrusive in a meddling or offensive manner
Full Definitions of busy
1

adj actively or fully engaged or occupied

busy with her work”
“a busy man”
“too busy to eat lunch”
Synonyms:
at work
on the job
drudging, laboring, labouring, toiling
doing arduous or unpleasant work
engaged, occupied
having ones attention or mind or energy engaged
overbusy
too busy
tied up
kept occupied or engaged
up to
busy or occupied with
diligent
characterized by care and perseverance in carrying out tasks
employed
having your services engaged for; or having a job especially one that pays wages or a salary
Antonyms:
idle
not in action or at work
bone-idle, bone-lazy
constitutionally lazy or idle
faineant, indolent, lazy, otiose, slothful, work-shy
disinclined to work or exertion
lackadaisical
idle or indolent especially in a dreamy way
leisured
free from duties or responsibilities
unengaged
not busy or occupied; free
ineffective, ineffectual, uneffective
not producing an intended effect
unemployed
not engaged in a gainful occupation
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adj (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
“kept getting a busy signal”
Synonyms:
engaged, in use
occupied
held or filled or in use

v keep busy with

“She busies herself with her butterfly collection”
Synonyms:
occupy
Types:
potter, putter
work lightly
dabble, play around, smatter
work with in an amateurish manner
Type of:
work
exert oneself by doing mental or physical work for a purpose or out of necessity
2

adj crowded with or characterized by much activity

“a very busy week”
“a busy life”
“a busy street”
“a busy seaport”
Synonyms:
active
full of activity or engaged in continuous activity

adj overcrowded or cluttered with detail

“a busy painting”
Synonyms:
fussy
fancy
not plain; decorative or ornamented
3

adj intrusive in a meddling or offensive manner

busy about other people's business”
Synonyms:
busybodied, interfering, meddlesome, meddling, officious
intrusive
tending to intrude (especially upon privacy)

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