overbusy

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English overbisi, equivalent to over- +‎ busy.

Adjective[edit]

overbusy (comparative more overbusy, superlative most overbusy)

  1. Excessively busy; officious.

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Verb[edit]

overbusy (third-person singular simple present overbusies, present participle overbusying, simple past and past participle overbusied)

  1. (transitive) To busy or involve (oneself) too thoroughly in something.
    • 1964, Ethel Stephens Arnett, From England to North Carolina: Two Special Gifts (page 59)
      Returning to England, he was there imprisoned, some say for overbusying himself in matters of foreign trade.

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