actively or fully engaged or occupied
"busy with her work"; "a busy man"; "too busy to eat lunch"
overcrowded or cluttered with detail
"a busy painting"; "a fussy design"
engaged, busybodied, particular, meddlesome, picky, in use(p), interfering, busy, meddling, finical, cross, bad-tempered, grumpy, grouchy, crabby, crabbed, finicky, fussy, officious, ill-tempered
interfering, meddlesome, meddling, officious, busy, busybodied(adj)
intrusive in a meddling or offensive manner
"an interfering old woman"; "bustling about self-importantly making an officious nuisance of himself"; "busy about other people's business"
crowded with or characterized by much activity
"a very busy week"; "a busy life"; "a busy street"; "a busy seaport"
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)
"her line is busy"; "receptionists' telephones are always engaged"; "the lavatory is in use"; "kept getting a busy signal"
keep busy with
"She busies herself with her butterfly collection"
English Synonyms and Antonyms
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.
active, agile, alert, brisk, bustling, diligent, energetic, expeditious, industrious, lively, mobile, nimble, officious, prompt, quick, ready, restless, sprightly, spry, supple, vigorous, wide awake
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
Translations for busy
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- деен, зает, занимавамBulgarian
- ocupatCatalan, Valencian
- zaneprázděný, zaměstnávat, zaměstnaný, rušnýCzech
- beschäftigt, besetztGerman
- ocupado, complicadoSpanish
- askaroida, varattu, työllistää, kiireinen, levoton, puuhailla, hoputtaa, sekava, työntäyteinenFinnish
- occupé, livrerFrench
- besetWestern Frisian
- trangScottish Gaelic
- עסוקה, עָסוּקHebrew
- मसरूफ़, मशग़ूल, व्यस्तHindi
- 使用中, 忙しい, 繁華Japanese
- occupatus, operosusLatin
- bezig, drukDutch
- opptatt, travelNorwegian
- skomplikowany, zajętyPolish
- اخته, بوختPashto, Pushto
- harnic, ocupatRomanian
- деятельный, занятый, занятойRussian
- наметљив, prometan, прометан, nametljivSerbo-Croatian
- upptagen, [[livligt]] [[trafikerad]], jäktig, livlig, flitigSwedish
- ยุ่งวุ่นวาย, ไม่ว่างThai
- ayighiUyghur, Uighur
- مصروف, مشغولUrdu
- bận rộnVietnamese
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