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Synonyms for busyˈbɪz i

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. busy(adj)

    actively or fully engaged or occupied

    Synonyms:
    in use(p), busybodied, meddling, meddlesome, interfering, engaged, officious, fussy

    Antonyms:
    not intrusive, bone-idle, unoccupied, faineant, slothful, unintrusive, bone-lazy, lazy, work-shy, otiose, inactive, idle, unengaged, leisured, plain, lackadaisical, indolent

  2. busy, fussy(adj)

    overcrowded or cluttered with detail

    Synonyms:
    engaged, busybodied, particular, meddlesome, picky, in use(p), interfering, busy, meddling, finical, cross, bad-tempered, grumpy, grouchy, crabby, crabbed, finicky, fussy, officious, ill-tempered

    Antonyms:
    lazy, plain, not intrusive, lackadaisical, idle, indolent, work-shy, slothful, leisured, unoccupied, bone-idle, bone-lazy, unengaged, faineant, otiose, unintrusive, inactive

  3. interfering, meddlesome, meddling, officious, busy, busybodied(adj)

    intrusive in a meddling or offensive manner

    Synonyms:
    interfering, busybodied, meddling, meddlesome, fussy, engaged, officious, busy, in use(p)

    Antonyms:
    work-shy, not intrusive, unoccupied, otiose, slothful, lackadaisical, lazy, faineant, bone-idle, idle, plain, indolent, unengaged, leisured, unintrusive, bone-lazy, inactive

  4. busy(adj)

    crowded with or characterized by much activity

    Synonyms:
    in use(p), busybodied, meddling, meddlesome, interfering, engaged, officious, fussy

    Antonyms:
    not intrusive, lackadaisical, leisured, lazy, faineant, slothful, inactive, work-shy, idle, unintrusive, plain, bone-idle, unoccupied, bone-lazy, unengaged, indolent, otiose

  5. busy, engaged, in use(p)(verb)

    (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)

    Antonyms:
    slothful, idle, unoccupied, work-shy, plain, inactive, not intrusive, unengaged, otiose, lackadaisical, bone-idle, indolent, faineant, lazy, bone-lazy, unintrusive, leisured

  6. busy, occupy(verb)

    keep busy with

    Synonyms:
    take, invade, reside, occupy, engage, lodge in, concern, worry, use up, engross, busy, interest, fill, absorb

    Antonyms:
    plain, otiose, indolent, unengaged, faineant, slothful, idle, work-shy, bone-idle, unintrusive, bone-lazy, inactive, unoccupied, lazy, leisured, lackadaisical, not intrusive

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. busy

    Active refers to both quickness and constancy of action; in the former sense it is allied with agile, alert, brisk, etc.; in the latter, with busy, diligent, industrious. The active love employment, the busy are actually employed, the diligent and the industrious are habitually busy. The restless are active from inability to keep quiet; their activity may be without purpose, or out of all proportion to the purpose contemplated. The officious are undesirably active in the affairs of others. Compare ALERT; ALIVE; MEDDLESOME.

    Synonyms:
    active, agile, alert, brisk, bustling, diligent, energetic, expeditious, industrious, lively, mobile, nimble, officious, prompt, quick, ready, restless, sprightly, spry, supple, vigorous, wide awake

    Antonyms:
    dull, heavy, idle, inactive, indolent, inert, lazy, quiescent, quiet, slow, sluggish, stupid

    Preposition:
    Active in work, in a cause; for an object, as for justice; with persons or instrumentalities; about something, as about other people's business.

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. busy(a.)

    Synonyms:
    diligent, assiduous, industrious, sedulous, notable, active, working, hard-working, at work; diligently employed, engaged, or occupied

  2. busy(a.)

    Synonyms:
    brisk, stirring, bustling, nimble, agile, SPRY, constantly in motion

  3. busy(a.)

    Synonyms:
    meddling, officious, importunate

  4. busy(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    occupy, employ, make busy

PPDB, the paraphrase database

List of paraphrases:

occupied, crowded, heavy, peak, overcrowded, congested, congestion


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