Synonyms for busy

Synonyms for (verb) busy

Synonyms: occupy, busy

Definition: keep busy with

Usage: She busies herself with her butterfly collection

Similar words: work

Definition: exert oneself by doing mental or physical work for a purpose or out of necessity

Usage: I will work hard to improve my grades; she worked hard for better living conditions for the poor

Synonyms for (adj) busy

Synonyms: busy

Definition: crowded with or characterized by much activity

Usage: a very busy week; a busy life; a busy street; a busy seaport

Similar words: active

Definition: full of activity or engaged in continuous activity

Usage: an active seaport; an active bond market; an active account

Synonyms: busy

Definition: actively or fully engaged or occupied

Usage: busy with her work; a busy man; too busy to eat lunch

Similar words: at work

Definition: on the job

Usage: had been at work for over an hour before her boss arrived

Similar words: drudging, laboring, labouring, toiling

Definition: doing arduous or unpleasant work

Usage: drudging peasants; the bent backs of laboring slaves picking cotton; toiling coal miners in the black deeps

Similar words: engaged, occupied

Definition: having ones attention or mind or energy engaged

Usage: she keeps herself fully occupied with volunteer activities; deeply engaged in conversation

Similar words: overbusy

Definition: too busy

Similar words: tied up

Definition: kept occupied or engaged

Usage: she's tied up at the moment and can't see you; the phone was tied up for almost an hour

Similar words: up to

Definition: busy or occupied with

Usage: what have you been up to?; up to no good

Synonyms: meddlesome, meddling, interfering, officious, busy, busybodied

Definition: intrusive in a meddling or offensive manner

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

Similar words: intrusive

Definition: tending to intrude (especially upon privacy)

Usage: she felt her presence there was intrusive

Synonyms: engaged, in use, busy

Definition: (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)

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

Similar words: occupied

Definition: held or filled or in use

Usage: she keeps her time well occupied; the wc is occupied

Synonyms: busy, fussy

Definition: overcrowded or cluttered with detail

Usage: a busy painting; a fussy design

Similar words: fancy

Definition: not plain; decorative or ornamented

Usage: fancy handwriting; fancy clothes

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