industrious

adjective
in·dus·tri·ous | \in-ˈdə-strē-əs \

Definition of industrious 

1 : constantly, regularly, or habitually active or occupied : diligent an industrious worker

2 obsolete : skillful, ingenious

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Other Words from industrious

industriously adverb
industriousness noun

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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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He is an industrious worker. an industrious worker who never seems to sleep

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Regardless, one of the Comstockers Clemens had become acquainted with was the quiet, industrious, up-and-coming, and largely abstemious Irishman who superintended the Milton mine — John Mackay. Gregory Crouch, Time, "Mark Twain Claimed He Got His Pen Name From a Riverboat Captain. He May Have Actually Gotten It in a Saloon," 19 June 2018 France’s true standout on Tuesday was industrious veteran midfielder Blaise Matuidi, born in Toulouse to Angolan and Congolese parents, who battled through bruising tackles and a possible concussion to stymie Belgium’s attack. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, "The World Cup is a victory for the immigrant dream," 12 July 2018 Enter the Once-ler, an industrious sort who starts chopping down the trees and turning their tufts into Thneeds — miracle do-it-all items that sound like the kinds of thing peddled on TV infomercials. James Hebert, sandiegouniontribune.com, "'The Lorax' arrives in the land of Seuss for musical adaptation's U.S. premiere at Old Globe Theatre," 29 June 2018 On 25 minutes a trademark long throw from Iceland captain Aron Gunnarsson was headed dangerously across the goalmouth by the industrious Magnusson. Peter Murphy, chicagotribune.com, "Iceland crash out of World Cup after Croatia loss," 26 June 2018 For years, the Northern League had derided its Southern countrymen and decried the industrious north’s money being redistributed to the poorer south; those criticisms were muted as the League rose in national prominence. Ian Bremmer, Time, "The Alternative World Cup You Might Have Missed This Summer," 22 June 2018 Even the most industrious ghosts rely on conduits to deliver messages. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "A Beginner’s Guide to Communicating With Spirits on the Other Side," 19 June 2018 And these smaller, more industrious singers tended to father more offspring. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "Like Birds, Some Bats Warble to Woo Their Mates," 13 June 2018 The people of Korea, North and South, are profoundly talented, industrious and gifted. Washington Post, "Trump’s optimistic news conference after meeting with Kim Jong Un, annotated," 12 June 2018

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First Known Use of industrious

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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industrious

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of industrious

: working very hard : not lazy

industrious

adjective
in·dus·tri·ous | \in-ˈdə-strē-əs \

Kids Definition of industrious

: working hard and steadily industrious students

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industriously adverb

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