busywork

noun busy·work \ -ˌwərk \
|Updated on: 1 Jul 2018

Definition of busywork

: work that usually appears productive or of intrinsic value but actually only keeps one occupied

Examples of busywork in a Sentence

  1. Students were given busywork for the last few minutes of class.

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First Known Use of busywork

1893

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Definition of busywork for English Language Learners

  • : work that is given to you only to keep you busy


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