Textual thesaurus for "busy"

(adj) meddlesome, meddling, interfering, officious, busybodied

intrusive in a meddling or offensive manner

an interfering old woman; bustling about self-importantly making an officious nuisance of himself; busy about other people's business

(adj) engaged, in use

(of facilities such as telephones or lavatories) unavailable for use by anyone else or indicating unavailability; (`engaged' is a British term for a busy telephone line)

her line is busy; receptionists' telephones are always engaged; the lavatory is in use; kept getting a busy signal

(adj) fussy

overcrowded or cluttered with detail

a busy painting; a fussy design

(verb) occupy

keep busy with

She busies herself with her butterfly collection