Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb busy

1 sense of busy

Sense 1
busy, occupy -- (keep busy with; "She busies herself with her butterfly collection")
       => work -- (exert oneself by doing mental or physical work for a purpose or out of necessity; "I will work hard to improve my grades"; "she worked hard for better living conditions for the poor")

Antonyms of adj busy

5 senses of busy

Sense 1
busy (vs. idle) -- (actively or fully engaged or occupied; "busy with her work"; "a busy man"; "too busy to eat lunch")

idle (vs. busy) -- (not in action or at work; "an idle laborer"; "idle drifters"; "the idle rich"; "an idle mind")
        => bone-idle, bone-lazy -- (constitutionally lazy or idle)
        => faineant, indolent, lazy, otiose, slothful, work-shy -- (disinclined to work or exertion; "faineant kings under whose rule the country languished"; "an indolent hanger-on"; "too lazy to wash the dishes"; "shiftless idle youth"; "slothful employees"; "the unemployed are not necessarily work-shy")
        => lackadaisical -- (idle or indolent especially in a dreamy way; "she was annoyingly lackadaisical and impractical"; "a...lackadaisical, spiritless young man-about-town"- P.G.Wodehouse)
        => leisured -- (free from duties or responsibilities; "he writes in his leisure hours"; "life as it ought to be for the leisure classes"- J.J.Chapman; "even the artist and the sculptor were not regarded...as leisured men"- Ida Craven)
        => unengaged -- (not busy or occupied; free; "the cancellation left her unengaged a good part of the afternoon")

Sense 2
busy, fussy -- (overcrowded or cluttered with detail; "a busy painting"; "a fussy design")

INDIRECT (VIA fancy) -> plain -- (not elaborate or elaborated; simple; "plain food"; "stuck to the plain facts"; "a plain blue suit"; "a plain rectangular brick building")

Sense 3
interfering, meddlesome, meddling, officious, busy, 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")

INDIRECT (VIA intrusive) -> unintrusive, not intrusive -- (not interfering or meddling)

Sense 4
busy -- (crowded with or characterized by much activity; "a very busy week"; "a busy life"; "a busy street"; "a busy seaport")

INDIRECT (VIA active) -> inactive -- (lacking activity; lying idle or unused; "an inactive mine"; "inactive accounts"; "inactive machinery")

Sense 5
busy, engaged, in use (predicate) -- ((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")

INDIRECT (VIA occupied) -> unoccupied -- (not held or filled or in use; "an unoccupied telephone booth"; "unoccupied hours")

Similarity of adj busy

5 senses of busy

Sense 1
busy (vs. idle) -- (actively or fully engaged or occupied; "busy with her work"; "a busy man"; "too busy to eat lunch")
       => at work (predicate) -- (on the job; "had been at work for over an hour before her boss arrived")
       => drudging, laboring, labouring, toiling -- (doing arduous or unpleasant work; "drudging peasants"; "the bent backs of laboring slaves picking cotton"; "toiling coal miners in the black deeps")
       => engaged, occupied -- (having ones attention or mind or energy engaged; "she keeps herself fully occupied with volunteer activities"; "deeply engaged in conversation")
       => overbusy -- (too busy)
       => tied up (predicate) -- (kept occupied or engaged; "she's tied up at the moment and can't see you"; "the phone was tied up for almost an hour")
       => up to -- (busy or occupied with; "what have you been up to?"; "up to no good")
          Also See-> diligent#2; employed#1

Sense 2
busy, fussy -- (overcrowded or cluttered with detail; "a busy painting"; "a fussy design")
       => fancy (vs. plain) -- (not plain; decorative or ornamented; "fancy handwriting"; "fancy clothes")

Sense 3
interfering, meddlesome, meddling, officious, busy, 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")
       => intrusive (vs. unintrusive) -- (tending to intrude (especially upon privacy); "she felt her presence there was intrusive")

Sense 4
busy -- (crowded with or characterized by much activity; "a very busy week"; "a busy life"; "a busy street"; "a busy seaport")
       => active (vs. inactive) -- (full of activity or engaged in continuous activity; "an active seaport"; "an active bond market"; "an active account")

Sense 5
busy, engaged, in use (predicate) -- ((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")
       => occupied (vs. unoccupied) -- (held or filled or in use; "she keeps her time well occupied"; "the wc is occupied")

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