busyness

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From busy +‎ -ness; the ⟨y⟩ (-y) is kept to distinguish from business (of which it is a doublet), which is derived from the same two morphemes but by regular spelling rules.

Noun[edit]

busyness (uncountable)

  1. The state of being busy.
    • 2004, Alan Hollinghurst, The Line of Beauty, Bloomsbury, 2005, Chapter 17 (ii),
      She moved back to the table, and her busyness expressed her purpose but also perhaps hid some sort of regret at the news.

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