1. [ adjective ] actively or fully engaged or occupied

"busy with her work" "a busy man" "too busy to eat lunch" "the line is busy"

Related terms: idle engaged up_to at_work drudging tied_up overbusy employed diligent
2. [ verb ] (work) keep busy with
Synonyms: occupy

"She busies herself with her butterfly collection"

Related terms: work dabble potter occupation
3. [ adjective ] intrusive in a meddling or offensive manner
Synonyms: meddling interfering officious busybodied meddlesome

"an interfering old woman" "bustling about self-importantly making an officious nuisance of himself" "busy about other people's business"

Related terms: intrusive
4. [ adjective ] crowded with or characterized by much activity

"a very busy week" "a busy life" "a busy street" "a busy seaport"

Related terms: active
5. [ adjective ] overcrowded or cluttered with detail
Synonyms: fussy

"a busy painting" "a fussy design"

Related terms: fancy
6. [ adjective ] (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)
Synonyms: in_use engaged

"her line is busy" "the lavatory is in use" "kept getting a busy signal"

Related terms: occupied
Similar spelling:   bus