busybus‧y1 /ˈbɪzi/ ●●●S1W2 adjective (comparative busier, superlative busiest) 🔊 🔊 1personBUSY/NOT AVAILABLE if you are busy, you are working hard and have a lot of things to do 🔊 She’s busy now – can you phone later? 🔊 a busy mother of fourbusy with 🔊 Mr Haynes is busy with a customer at the moment.busy doing something 🔊 Rachel’s busy studying for her exams. 🔊 There were lots of activities to keep the kids busy.GrammarYou are busy with something: I’m very busy with work at the moment.✗Don’t say: busy for something | busy on something2timeBUSY/HAVE A LOT TO DO a busy period of time is full of work or other activities 🔊 December is the busiest time of year for shops. 🔊 a busy day 🔊 He took time out of his busy schedule to visit us.3placeBUSY PLACE a busy place is very full of people or vehicles and movement 🔊 We live on a very busy road.4TCTtelephone especially American English if a telephone you are calling is busy, it makes a repeated sound to tell you that the person you are calling is talking on their telephone syn engaged British English 🔊 I called Sonya, but her line was busy. 🔊 I keep getting a busy signal.5patternDETAIL a pattern or design that is busy is too full of small details – used to show disapprovalTHESAURUSpersonbusy if you are busy, you have a lot of things you need to doSorry I haven’t called you, but I’ve been really busy.a busy housewifeAngela was becoming more and more unhappy, but her husband was too busy to notice.Not now Stephen, I’m busy.Alex is busy studying for his exams.rushed/run off your feet [not before noun] British English spoken very busy and in a hurry, because you have too many things to doWe’ve been absolutely rushed off our feet getting ready for our son’s birthday party.snowed under [not before noun] so busy that you can hardly deal with all the work you have to doI can’t stop for lunch today – I’m completely snowed under.We’ve been snowed under with applications for the job.up to your ears/neck in something [not before noun] informal extremely busy because you have a lot of work to deal withTeachers say they are up to their ears in paperwork and don’t have enough time for teaching.tied up [not before noun] busy in your job, so that you cannot do anything elseI’m sorry, but he’s tied up at the moment. Could you call back later?I can’t see you tomorrow: I’m tied up all day.have a lot to do especially spoken to have to do a lot of things, so that you need to hurry or work hardLet’s get started – we have a lot to do.have a lot on British English, have a lot going on American English spoken to be busy, especially because you have arranged to do a lot of things during a particular periodI’ve got a lot on this weekend.He says he’ll try and see you as soon as possible, but he has a lot going on this afternoon.timebusy use this about times when you have a lot of things you need to doWe have a busy day ahead of us tomorrow.July and August are our busiest times.hectic a hectic time or situation is extremely busy, so that you are always in a hurry and often feel excited or worriedIt was really hectic at work today.The band had a hectic recording schedule.the rush hour the time in the morning and evening when a lot of people are travelling to or from workThe buses are so crowded during the rush hour you never get a seat.In most British cities the rush hour does not start until about 8 o’clock.
busy• However, she took Tom's advice and busied herself preparing for Anna's wedding day.• Two days before the opening Soo stayed in the shop and busied herself with white paint and a large board.• While Steve was busying himself John asked him about the bridge and the strange feeling in the cutting.• I was not prepared to contemplate such an inconvenient find, so I busied myself elsewhere.• So we busy ourselves about the house or go on holiday in much the same way as we do our jobs.From Longman Business Dictionarybusybus‧y /ˈbɪzi/ adjective1American English a telephone that is busy is being used SYN engaged BrE2someone who is busy is working and is not availableMr Bullon is busy right now - can you phone back after lunch?busy withI’ve been busy with customers all morning3COMMERCEa busy period is full of workChristmas is one of Oxford Street’s busiest times of the year.