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”).
- Crowded with business or activities; having a great deal going on.
- a busy street
- To-morrow is a busy day.
- Engaged in another activity or by someone else.
- The director cannot see you now, he's busy.
- Her telephone has been busy all day.
- She is too busy to have time for riddles.
- Having a lot going on; complicated or intricate.
- Flowers, stripes, and checks in the same fabric make for a busy pattern.
- Officious; meddling.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Shakespeare to this entry?)
- (transitive) To make somebody busy, to keep busy with, to occupy, to make occupied.
- On my vacation I'll busy myself with gardening.
- (transitive) To rush somebody.