1. 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. "Sir, my mistress sends you word THat she is busy, and she can not come." (Shak)

2. Constantly at work; diligent; active. "Busy hammers closing rivets up." (Shak) "Religious motives . . . Are so busy in the heart." (Addison)

3. Crowded with business or activities; said of places and times; as, a busy street. "To-morrow is a busy day." (Shak)

4. Officious; meddling; foolish active. "On meddling monkey, or on busy ape." (Shak)

5. Careful; anxious.

Synonyms: Diligent, industrious, assiduous, active, occupied, engaged.

Origin: OE. Busi, bisi, AS. Bysig; akin to D. Bezig, LG. Besig; cf. Skr. Bhsh to be active, busy.

(01 Mar 1998)

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