in·​dus·​tri·​ous | \ in-ˈdə-strē-əs How to pronounce industrious (audio) \

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

Examples of industrious in a Sentence

He is an industrious worker. an industrious worker who never seems to sleep
Recent Examples on the Web And then only a couple hours’ drive along crowded, dusty, potholed roads to rural villages where swarms of industrious kids buzz around outdoor marketplaces helping do business during what are supposed to be school hours. Ben Goertzel, Forbes, 4 Oct. 2021 These conditions led them to become stereotyped as industrious and servile, which affected how employers treated them. NBC News, 4 Oct. 2021 For now, this industrious, affluent city will do just fine for Jean Rodmique and his family. Dallas News, 2 Oct. 2021 Among them is DePaul University, founded in 1898 to serve the children of the industrious immigrants who had poured into Chicago. Karen Idelson, Variety, 30 Sep. 2021 The Gala, which usually happens in May but was delayed by the pandemic for more than a year, is, like Sears’s quilt, both a zazzy vanity project and an industrious feat of star-wrangling, featuring plenty of cuts of silk. Rachel Syme, The New Yorker, 14 Sep. 2021 Even as workers have been more industrious — helping drive corporate profits, the stock market and CEO compensation to record heights — their pay has flatlined, or even declined when factoring in inflation. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, 7 Sep. 2021 What might not come to mind is the skilled and industrious workforce behind that white-glove hospitality: the Pullman porters. Condé Nast Traveler, 7 Sep. 2021 An industrious lad, Poynter built his own toys growing up. Jeff Suess, The Enquirer, 29 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of industrious

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Industrious.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of industrious

: working very hard : not lazy


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Kids Definition of industrious

: working hard and steadily industrious students

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