In our day, busy means "active" or "hard working": in Donne's day and up until the last century, it could also mean "annoying, interfering, a bit of a pest" which is its meaning here Compare the modern English "busybody"
keep busy with; "She busies herself with her butterfly collection" crowdedwith or characterized by much activity; "a very busy week"; "a busy life"; "a busy street"; "a busy seaport" actively or fully engaged or occupied; "busy with her work"; "a busy man"; "too busy to eat lunch"; "the line is busy" (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" overcrowded or cluttered with detail; "a busy painting"; "a fussy design
In use, otherwise known as "Off-Hook" There are slow busies and fast busies Slow busies are when the phone at the other end is busy or off-hook They happen 60 times a minute Fast busies, 120 times a minute, occur when the network is congested with too many calls
If you say that someone is busy thinking or worrying about something, you mean that it is taking all their attention, often to such an extent that they are unable to think about anything else. Companies are so busy analysing the financial implications that they overlook the effect on workers Most people are too busy with their own troubles to give much help. = preoccupied
A busy time is a period of time during which you have a lot of things to do. It'll have to wait. This is our busiest time Even with her busy schedule she finds time to watch TV I had a busy day and was rather tired. = hectic quiet
The agents are considered busy when they are logged onto the telephone system and are engaged on an ACD call, engaged on a Non-ACD call, or are in the Not Ready state The agents are not considered busy when they are in the Waiting State (waiting for an ACD call to be routed to the agent's telephone)
If you want work well done, select a busy man: the other kind has no time -Elbert Hubbard (U S author, 1856-1915) (99/10/30) He means business Let's talk business He knows his business I had imagined that the problem would be easy to solve, but it was quite a business I'm afraid it's quite a business (reference: 99, Nikkei)
When a telephone line is busy, you cannot make your call because the line is already being used by someone else. I tried to reach him, but the line was busy. = engaged see also busily. busied busying busies busy yourself with sth to use your time dealing with something
(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"
When you are busy, you are working hard or concentrating on a task, so that you are not free to do anything else. What is it? I'm busy They are busy preparing for a hectic day's activity on Saturday Rachel said she would be too busy to come Phil Martin is an exceptionally busy man
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