(noun, adjective, verb)


1. actively or fully engaged or occupied

- busy with her work

- a busy man

- too busy to eat lunch

Similar word(s): drudging, laboring, labouring, toiling, engaged, occupied, overbusy, diligent, employed

2. overcrowded or cluttered with detail

- a busy painting

Similar word(s): fancy, fussy

3. intrusive in a meddling or offensive manner

- busy about other people's business

Similar word(s): intrusive, busybodied, interfering, meddlesome, meddling, officious

4. crowded with or characterized by much activity

- a very busy week

- a busy life

- a busy street

Similar word(s): active

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

- kept getting a busy signal

Similar word(s): occupied, engaged

Sentences with busy as an adjective:

- 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.

- Flowers, stripes, and checks in the same fabric make for a busy pattern.


1. (slang, Britain, Liverpudlian, derogatory) A police officer.


1. keep busy with

Similar word(s): occupy

Definition categories: social, work