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industrious

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adjective in·dus·tri·ous \in-ˈdəs-trē-əs\

Simple Definition of industrious

  • : working very hard : not lazy

Full Definition of industrious

  1. 1 obsolete :  skillful, ingenious

  2. 2 :  constantly, regularly, or habitually active or occupied :  diligent <an industrious worker>

in·dus·tri·ous·ly adverb
in·dus·tri·ous·ness noun

Examples of industrious

  1. He is an industrious worker.

  2. <an industrious worker who never seems to sleep>



15th Century

First Known Use of industrious

15th century

Synonym Discussion of industrious

busy, industrious, diligent, assiduous, sedulous mean actively engaged or occupied. busy chiefly stresses activity as opposed to idleness or leisure <too busy to spend time with the children>. industrious implies characteristic or habitual devotion to work <industrious employees>. diligent suggests earnest application to some specific object or pursuit <very diligent in her pursuit of a degree>. assiduous stresses careful and unremitting application <assiduous practice>. sedulous implies painstaking and persevering application <a sedulous investigation of the murder>.

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