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. [Obs.]
Syn: -- Diligent; industrious; assiduous; active; occupied; engaged.
Bus·y v. t. [imp. & p. p. Busied p. pr. & vb. n. Busying.] To make or keep busy; to employ; to engage or keep engaged; to occupy; as, to busy one's self with books.
Be it thy course to busy giddy minds
With foreign quarrels. --Shak.
adj 1: actively or fully engaged or occupied; "busy with her work";
"a busy man"; "too busy to eat lunch"; "the line is
busy" [ant: idle]
2: overcrowded or cluttered with detail; "a busy painting"; "a
fussy design" [syn: fussy]
3: intrusive in a meddling or offensive manner; "an interfering
old woman"; "bustling about self-importantly making an
officious nuisance of himself"; "busy about other people's
business" [syn: interfering, meddlesome, meddling, officious,
4: crowdedwith or characterized by much activity; "a very busy
week"; "a busy life"; "a busy street"; "a busy seaport"
5: (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"; "receptionists' telephones are always
engaged"; "the lavatory is in use"; "kept getting a busy
signal" [syn: engaged, in use(p)]
v : keep busy with; "She busies herself with her butterfly
collection" [syn: occupy]
[also: busied, busiest, busier]