Definition of busywork
: work that usually appears productive or of intrinsic value but actually only keeps one occupied
Examples of busywork in a Sentence
Students were given busywork for the last few minutes of class.
Recent Examples of busywork from the Web
Soon, Astrobee will take some of the busywork of space life off their hands.
The Assistant’s long-term aim is to eliminate all this busywork.
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BUSYWORK Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of busywork for English Language Learners
: work that is given to you only to keep you busy
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