overbusy

adjective

over·​busy ˌō-vər-ˈbi-zē How to pronounce overbusy (audio)
: excessively busy: such as
a
: having too many tasks or activities that require time or attention
overbusy parents
an overbusy schedule
b
: too full of distracting detail or action
Many of these objects are so small that they are impossible to locate and are blurry in the too-detailed, overbusy art.Kirkus Reviews
… Dracula's mythic status takes a backseat to an overbusy plot.Robert K. Elder
… you'll miss a lot of overbusy animated shenanigans but you'll still get the gist of the story.Peter Rainer
Those duels … are superbly handled, the highlights of a riveting if at times overbusy staging …Jesse Green

Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of overbusy was in the 15th century

Dictionary Entries Near overbusy

Cite this Entry

“Overbusy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overbusy. Accessed 4 Feb. 2023.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!


Fashionable Words

  • dog-sunglasses-scarf
  • Which of these items is named for a deadly weapon?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Solve today's spelling word game by finding as many words as you can with using just 7 letters. Longer words score more points.

Can you make 12 words with 7 letters?

PLAY