from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Engaged in activity, as work; occupied.
- adj. Sustaining much activity: a busy morning; a busy street.
- adj. Meddlesome; prying.
- adj. Being in use, as a telephone line.
- adj. Cluttered with detail to the point of being distracting: a busy design.
- transitive v. To make busy; occupy: busied myself preparing my tax return.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Doing a great deal; having a lot of things to do in the space of time given
- adj. Engaged in another activity or by someone else.
- adj. Having a lot going on; complicated or intricate.
- v. To make somebody busy, to keep busy with, to occupy, to make occupied.
- v. To rush somebody.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Engaged in some business; hard at work (either habitually or only for the time being); occupied with serious affairs; not idle nor at leisure.
- adj. Constantly at work; diligent; active.
- adj. Crowded with business or activities; -- said of places and times.
- adj. Officious; meddling; foolish active.
- adj. Careful; anxious.
- transitive v. To make or keep busy; to employ; to engage or keep engaged; to occupy.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Actively or attentively engaged; closely occupied physically or mentally; intent upon that which one is doing; not at leisure: opposed to idle.
- Active in that which does not concern one; meddling with or prying into the affairs of others; officious; importunate.
- In constant or energetic action; rapidly moving or moved; diligently used: as, busy hands or thoughts.
- Pertaining or due to energetic action; manifesting constant or rapid movement.
- Requiring constant attention, as a task.
- Filled with, active duties or employment.
- Careful; anxious. Chaucer.
- To employ with constant attention; keep engaged; make or keep busy: as, to busy one's self with books.
- In decoration, full of detail; overcrowded; fussy.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. intrusive in a meddling or offensive manner
- adj. crowded with or characterized by much activity
- 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)
- adj. overcrowded or cluttered with detail
- v. keep busy with
- adj. actively or fully engaged or occupied
Middle English bisi, busi, from Old English bysig.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English busi, besy, bisi, from Old English bysiġ, *biesiġ, bisiġ ("busy, occupied, diligent"). Cognate with Dutch bezig ("busy"), Low German besig ("busy"), Old Frisian bisgia ("to use"), Old English bisgian ("to occupy, employ, trouble, afflict"). (Wiktionary)