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busy

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of busy

  1. 1 involved in often constant activity the deadline is in two days, so everyone at work has been extremely busy Synonyms of busy active, assiduous, bustling, diligent, employed, engaged, hopping, industrious, laborious, occupied, sedulous, tied-up, working Words Related to busy knee-deep, swamped; animated, astir, buzzing, flourishing, happening, humming, lively, thriving, vibrant; absorbed, concentrating, engrossed, focused (also focussed), immersed, intent, preoccupied; alive, functional, functioning, going, living, operating, operational, operative, running; energetic, vigorous; hardworking; indefatigable, tireless, untiring Near Antonyms of busy free; asleep, dormant, latent, lifeless, quiescent, sleepy; inert, passive; dead, dull, slow; inoperative, nonoperating Antonyms of busy idle, inactive, unbusy, unemployed, unoccupied

  2. 2 marked by much life, movement, or activity the busy, often hectic floor of the New York Stock Exchange Synonyms of busy aboil, abubble, abuzz, animated, astir, brisk, bustling, alive, buzzing, flourishing, happening, hopping, humming, kinetic, lively, rousing, stirring, thriving, vibrantWords Related to busy abounding, crowded, overflowing, populous, swarming, teeming, throngingAntonyms of busy asleep, dead, inactive, lifeless, sleepy

  3. 3 thrusting oneself where one is not welcome or invited she's one of those busy production facilitators—always concerned about other people's work and never her own Synonyms of busy intrusive, interfering, intruding, meddlesome, meddling, nosy (or nosey), obtrusive, officious, presuming, presumptuous, protrusive, prying, pushing, pushy, snoopyWords Related to busy bold, brazen, bumptious, impertinent, impudent, insolent, rude; invading, trespassing; curious, inquisitive; annoying, harassing, pestiferous; overbearing, superserviceableNear Antonyms of busy hands-off; uninvolved; quiet, reclusive, reserved, reticent, retiring, silent, taciturn, withdrawn; inhibited, restrained, subduedAntonyms of busy unobtrusive

Synonym Discussion of busy

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

busy

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of busy

  1. to hold the attention of the video game busied the child for hours Synonyms of busy absorb, bemuse, engage, catch up, engross, enthrall (or enthral), enwrap, fascinate, grip, immerse, interest, intrigue, involve, occupyWords Related to busy allure, attract, beguile, bewitch, captivate, charm, enchant, obsess; hypnotize, mesmerize; distract, preoccupy; hog, monopolizeNear Antonyms of busy bore, jade, pall, tire, weary



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