busyness

noun

busy·​ness ˈbi-zē-nəs How to pronounce busyness (audio)
: a busy quality or state: such as
a
: the state of having or being involved in many activities
the busyness of her schedule
What with the busyness of the holidays and that conviction, I didn't pay much attention to my bird feeder for the next few days.Emily Pasquale
b
: the state of having many details
Consider other factors as well, such as color contrast, pattern busyness, and furnishings sizes.Better Homes and Gardens

Examples of busyness in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The fashion community is less than a week out from the busyness of New York Fashion Week. Cierra Black, Essence, 5 Feb. 2024 The city stress and the busyness of our lives began wicking away. Melanie D.g. Kaplan, Miami Herald, 30 Jan. 2024 The pandemic’s isolating disruptions also led many people to reassess the purpose of their jobs, asking what all of this busyness actually achieves. Cal Newport, The New Yorker, 26 Jan. 2024 At Harvard and similar schools, some 98 percent of undergraduates live on campus, basting in a progressive hothouse where there’s a patina of intense busyness but not much actual work. Frederick M. Hess, National Review, 21 Dec. 2023 Maybe the busyness of the week will create more buzz on the show. Kerane Marcellus, Essence, 4 Jan. 2024 The quiet cul-de-sac, the feeling that you’re removed from the busyness of the city but are just minutes away, and the steep hills built for long walks were too much to give up. Christine Lennon, Sunset Magazine, 27 Sep. 2023 Without the brilliance and the chatter of the day, the competing noises, the busyness and the hurry, my little plot is a deeper level of quiet, maybe even more peaceful. Daryln Brewer Hoffstot Kristian Thacker, New York Times, 8 Aug. 2023 Despite the volume of tourists, many visitors aren’t letting the busyness stop them. Julia Moore, Peoplemag, 16 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1809, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of busyness was in 1809

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“Busyness.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/busyness. Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

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