English adjective: busy
|1.||busy actively or fully engaged or occupied|
|Samples||Busy with her work.|
A busy man.
Too busy to eat lunch.
|Similar||at work, drudging, engaged, laboring, labouring, occupied, overbusy, tied up, toiling, up to|
|See also||diligent, employed|
|2.||busy overcrowded or cluttered with detail|
|Samples||A busy painting.|
A fussy design.
|3.||busy intrusive in a meddling or offensive manner|
|Samples||An interfering old woman.|
Bustling about self-importantly making an officious nuisance of himself.
Busy about other people's business.
|Synonyms||busybodied, interfering, meddlesome, meddling, officious|
|Antonyms||not intrusive, unintrusive|
|4.||busy crowded with or characterized by much activity|
|Samples||A very busy week.|
A busy life.
A busy street.
A busy seaport.
|5.||busy (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)|
|Samples||Her line is busy.|
Receptionists' telephones are always engaged.
The lavatory is in use.
Kept getting a busy signal.
|Synonyms||engaged, in use|
English verb: busy
|1.||busy (social) keep busy with|
|Samples||She busies herself with her butterfly collection.|
|Pattern of use||Somebody ----s somebody.|
Somebody ----s somebody PP
|Narrower (hyponym)||dabble, play around, potter, putter, smatter|