Busy

Definition of Busy

Bus´y   Pronunciation: bĭz´zŷ
a.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.
v. t.1.To make or keep busy; to employ; to engage or keep engaged; to occupy; as, to busy one's self with books.
[imp. & p. p. Busied (bĭz"zĭd); p. pr. & vb. n. Busying.]
Be it thy course to busy giddy minds
With foreign quarrels.
- Shak.

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