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American Dictionary of the English Language

Webster's Dictionary 1828

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Busy


BUSY, adjective biz'zy.

1. Employed with constant attention; engaged about something that renders interruption inconvenient; as, a man is busy in posting his books.

My mistress is busy and cannot come.

2. Actively employed; occupied without cessation; constantly in motion; as a busy bee.

3. Active in that which does not concern the person; meddling with or prying into the affairs of others; officious; importunate; hence, troublesome; vexatious.

4. Much occupied with employment; as a busy day.

BUSY, verb transitive biz'zy. To employ with constant attention; to keep engaged; to make or keep busy; as, to busy one's self with books.

To be busied with genue and species.