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Synonyms for busy
ˈbɪz ibusy

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English Synonyms and Antonyms5.0 / 1 vote

  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 Antonyms0.0 / 0 votes

  1. busy

    Synonyms:
    industrious, diligent, assiduous, engaged, occupied

    Antonyms:
    idle, slothful, lazy, indolent, unoccupied

Princeton's WordNet3.3 / 3 votes

  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 Contribution0.0 / 0 votes

  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 Synonymes0.0 / 0 votes

  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 Words1.5 / 2 votes

  1. busyadjective

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

PPDB, the paraphrase database0.0 / 0 votes

  1. List of paraphrases for "busy":

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

Nicknames0.0 / 0 votes

  1. List of known nicknames for "Busy":

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How to use busy in a sentence?

  1. John Travolta:

    We're so busy with the kids and our careers and being pro-active in our church, every day is date night.

  2. Sophia Nelson:

    We have to build a bench, men do this well again. You've seen it in corporate, I've seen it. The guys go out and golf. They do things together and they're building up the next young man leader. Whatever field we're in ... we're less likely to do it because we're busy. We've got to mentor.

  3. Heidi Cruz:

    I want to tell the American people who Ted is, a person who, when I'm really busy running around the house the other day to pack, when he had a lot more on his plate, sat down and packed my suitcase for me.

  4. Pedro Haces:

    We are always thrilled to receive tourists from all over the world and are very excited to see such an increase in occupancy numbers during this busy holiday weekend, with the creation of a new state-of-the-art airport terminal, Acapulco will be prepared to receive an even greater amount of tourists next year.

  5. Alan Hedge:

    We get busy, and work takes priority.


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