HyperDic: busy

English > 6 senses of the word busy:
ADJECTIVEallbusyactively or fully engaged or occupied
allbusy, fussyovercrowded or cluttered with detail
allbusy, interfering, meddlesome, meddling, officious, busybodiedintrusive in a meddling or offensive manner
allbusycrowded with or characterized by much activity
allbusy, engaged, in use(of facilities such as telephones or lavatories) unavailable for use by anyone else or indicating unavailability
VERBsocialbusy, occupykeep busy with
busy > pronunciation
Soundsbih'ziy
RhymesAnasazi ... z / Z: 56 rhymes with ziy...
English > busy: 6 senses > adjective 1
Meaningactively or fully engaged or occupied.
Examples
  • "busy with her work"
  • "a busy man"
  • "too busy to eat lunch"
Narrowerat workon the job
drudging, laboring, labouring, toilingDoing arduous or unpleasant work
engaged, occupiedHaving ones attention or mind or energy engaged
overbusyToo busy
tied upKept occupied or engaged
up tobusy or occupied with
See alsodiligentCharacterized by care and perseverance in carrying out tasks
employedHaving your services engaged for
Oppositeidlenot in action or at work
Spanishajetreado, atareado, ocupado
Catalanatrafegat, enfeinat, ocupat
Nounsbusynessthe state of being or appearing to be actively engaged in an activity
Adverbsbusilyin a busy manner
English > busy: 6 senses > adjective 2
Meaningovercrowded or cluttered with detail.
Example"a busy painting"
Synonymfussy
Broaderfancynot plain
Spanishrecargado
English > busy: 6 senses > adjective 3
Meaningintrusive in a meddling or offensive manner.
Example "busy about other people's business"
Synonymsinterfering, meddlesome, meddling, officious, busybodied
Broaderintrusivetending to intrude (especially upon privacy)
Spanishcurioso, entremetido, entrometido, inoportuno, oficioso
Catalancuriós, oficiós, tafaner
English > busy: 6 senses > adjective 4
Meaningcrowded with or characterized by much activity.
Examples
  • "a very busy week"
  • "a busy life"
  • "a busy street"
  • "a busy seaport"
BroaderactiveFull of activity or engaged in continuous activity
Nounsbusynessthe state of being or appearing to be actively engaged in an activity
English > busy: 6 senses > adjective 5
Meaning(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).
Examples
  • "her line is busy"
  • "kept getting a busy signal"
Synonymsengaged, in use
Broaderoccupiedheld or filled or in use
Spanishocupado
Nounsbusynessthe state of being or appearing to be actively engaged in an activity
English > busy: 6 senses > verb 1, social
MeaningKeep busy with.
PatternSomebody ----s somebody; Somebody ----s somebody PP
Synonymoccupy
Narrowerdabble, smatter, play aroundWork with in an amateurish manner
potter, putterWork lightly
BroaderworkExert oneself by doing mental or physical work for a purpose or out of necessity
Spanishocuparse, ocupar

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