Language: Old English
Origin: bisig


1 adjective
Related topics: Telephone, Telegraph
bus‧y1 S1 W2 comparative busier, superlative busiest


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 four
busy 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.


a busy period of time is full of work or other activities:
December is the busiest time of year for shops.
He took time out of his busy schedule to visit us.


a busy place is very full of people or vehicles and movement:
We live on a very busy road.


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 [= engaged British English]
I called Sonya, but her line was busy.
I keep getting a busy signal.


a pattern or design that is busy is too full of small details - used to show disapproval

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