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Synonyms for busy
ˈbɪz ibusy

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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.

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

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

    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

    Synonyms:
    industrious, diligent, assiduous, engaged, occupied

    Antonyms:
    idle, slothful, lazy, indolent, unoccupied

Princeton's WordNet

  1. busyadjective

    actively or fully engaged or occupied

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

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

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

  2. busy, fussyadjective

    overcrowded or cluttered with detail

    "a busy painting"; "a fussy design"

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

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

  3. interfering, meddlesome, meddling, officious, busy, busybodiedadjective

    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"

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

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

  4. busyadjective

    crowded with or characterized by much activity

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

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

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

  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, occupyverb

    keep busy with

    "She busies herself with her butterfly collection"

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

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

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Editors Contribution

  1. non-availability

    free is an antonym of non-availability, so busy will be a synonym for non-availability.

    Submitted by anonymous on August 16, 2020  

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. busyadjective

    Synonyms:
    diligent, assiduous, industrious, sedulous, notable, active, working, hard-working, at work; diligently employed, engaged, or occupied

  2. busyadjective

    Synonyms:
    brisk, stirring, bustling, nimble, agile, SPRY, constantly in motion

  3. busyadjective

    Synonyms:
    meddling, officious, importunate

  4. busyverb

    Synonyms:
    occupy, employ, make busy

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. busyadjective

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

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "busy":

    occupied, crowded, heavy, peak, overcrowded, congested, congestion

Nicknames

  1. List of known nicknames for "Busy":

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How to use busy in a sentence?

  1. Todd Starnes:

    If nothing else, the leaked e-mail confirms what we've long suspected: Al Jazeera is nothing less than a propoganda machine for those who hate America, and while they are busy banning words - maybe Al Jazeera ought to add impartial and objective journalism to its list.

  2. Shigeru Miyamoto:

    For the time being, our focus is on the Wii U hardware, but Nintendo as a whole has groups working on ideas for new hardware systems, while we're busy working on software for the Wii U, we have production lines that are working on ideas for what the next system might be.

  3. Uriel Lynn:

    Keep very busy.

  4. Fried Chicken:

    Quick Pick-Up is changing the game by making fast food even more convenient and easy for busy customers, santa may not be able to give you the gift of time this holiday season, but Fried Chicken can.

  5. Joel Mtsor:

    It's only when government starts embarking on capital projects that there is money, nothing is happening - no workshops, no seminars. As I speak there is no printing company today that is busy.


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    An antonym for "pesky"
    • A. plaguey
    • B. pettish
    • C. agreeable
    • D. pestilent

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