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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. Victor Kugler:

    I heard a commotion and opened the door to my office to see what was going on. I saw four police officers. One was wearing a Gestapo uniform. 'Who's in charge here?', he snapped at me. I answered that I was. 'Let me see the rest of the building!' I showed him all the spaces. Then we went upstairs and stood on the landing by the bookcase. My heart was pounding. The three Dutch policemen were already busy trying to open the bookcase. The moment I had feared for years had arrived. One of the police officers pointed his gun at me and ordered me to go first. The others followed behind, also with their pistols drawn. The first person I saw was Mrs Frank. I whispered 'Gestapo' to her. She sat completely still and seemed to be in shock. The others were coming downstairs from the other floors. Margot was very upset, she was crying softly.

  2. Monday Trump:

    You mean he's under investigation because he had somebody walk his dog from the government? i didn't know about an investigation. But this is what you get with the Democrats. Here's a man supposed to be negotiating war and peace with major, major countries ... and the Democrats and the fake news media, they're interested in a man who's walking their dog. And maybe he's busy and maybe he's negotiating with Kim Jong Un.

  3. Michele Hanisee:

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

  4. Keila Lino:

    I know right now with the flu season clinics, hospitals, everyone is just busy and assuming that’s what everyone has, but it’s more than that. In order for us to know, with simple blood work, it could have been caught. Something so simple.

  5. James Cunniffe:

    The pace of issuance is unlikely to continue, despite the busy pipeline, but the rates are clearly attractive.

How to pronounce busy?

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US English
Daniel
British
Karen
Australian
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Indian

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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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