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
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.
a busy day
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.
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]
telephoneespecially American 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