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Antonyms for busy
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Princeton's WordNet

  1. busy(adj)

    actively or fully engaged or occupied

    "busy with her work"; "a busy man"; "too busy to eat lunch"

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

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

  2. busy, fussy(adj)

    overcrowded or cluttered with detail

    "a busy painting"; "a fussy design"

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

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

  3. 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"

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

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

  4. busy(adj)

    crowded with or characterized by much activity

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

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

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

  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)

    "her line is busy"; "receptionists' telephones are always engaged"; "the lavatory is in use"; "kept getting a busy signal"

    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

    "She busies herself with her butterfly collection"

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

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

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.

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

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

    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.

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. busy

    Antonyms:
    idle, slothful, lazy, indolent, unoccupied

    Synonyms:
    industrious, diligent, assiduous, engaged, occupied

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. busy(a)

    Synonyms:
    occupied, engaged, employed, engrossed, diligent, industrious, sedulous, active, intrusive, officious, meddlesome

How to use busy in a sentence?

  1. Zora Neale Hurston:

    I want a busy life, a just mind, and a timely death.

  2. Katy Gough:

    I have a lot of anxiety around being in a certain place at a certain time as I'm a bit of a control freak and prefer to do things at my own pace and because of this, taking public transport makes me incredibly anxious, you have no control over what time you travel, how busy it's going to be and you don't have the ability to say 'no' and turn around and go back home once you get on. I had previously had a massive panic attack on a train journey to London and now, a large part of me associates trains and public transport with anxiety and panic attacks.

  3. Michele Hanisee:

    California's legislative leaders are busy considering crime bills, while Gavin Newsom is circumventing them.

  4. Gary Cox:

    I got a wonderful letter of encouragement from him, personalized, which, think how busy he is, i'm a little bit verklempt. It meant a lot to me. Because he doesn't know me. I never met Joe Biden.

  5. Cullen Murphy:

    They not only look for things to do. They look for things to do that are work related, for me, it plays into a national characteristic of being busy, being productive and improving yourself.

How to pronounce busy?

Alex
Alex
US English
Daniel
Daniel
British
Karen
Karen
Australian
Veena
Veena
Indian

How to say busy in sign language?

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Words popularity by usage frequency

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#2145heavy
#2901slow
#3226plain
#4087busy
#4205quiet
#4775stupid
#9013idle
#9125lazy
#10506inactive
#13293dull
#27289inert
#29806sluggish
#43939unoccupied
#51881quiescent
#80300indolent
#114767slothful
#131176lackadaisical
#318509leisured

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