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Busy vs. Idle

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Busyadjective

Crowded with business or activities; having a great deal going on.

‘We crossed a busy street.’;

Idleadjective

(obsolete) Empty, vacant.

Busyadjective

Engaged in activity or by someone else.

‘The director cannot see you now: he's busy.’; ‘Her telephone has been busy all day.’; ‘He is busy with piano practice.’; ‘They are busy getting ready for the annual meeting.’;

Idleadjective

Not being used appropriately; not occupied; (of time) with no, no important, or not much activity.

‘idle hours’; ‘My computer hibernates after it has been idle for 30 minutes.’;

Busyadjective

Having a lot going on; complicated or intricate.

‘Flowers, stripes, and checks in the same fabric make for a busy pattern.’;

Idleadjective

Not engaged in any occupation or employment; unemployed; inactive; doing nothing in particular.

‘idle workmen’;

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Busyadjective

Officious; meddling.

Idleadjective

Averse to work, labor or employment; lazy; slothful.

‘an idle fellow’;

Busyverb

(transitive) To make somebody busy or active; to occupy.

Idleadjective

Of no importance; useless; worthless; vain; trifling; thoughtless; silly.

‘an idle story;’; ‘idle talk;’; ‘idle rumor’;

Busyverb

(transitive) To rush somebody.

Idleadjective

(obsolete) Light-headed; foolish.

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Busynoun

A police officer.

Idleverb

(transitive) To spend in idleness; to waste; to consume.

Busyadjective

Engaged in some business; hard at work (either habitually or only for the time being); occupied with serious affairs; not idle nor at leisure; as, a busy merchant.

‘Sir, my mistress sends you wordThat she is busy, and she can not come.’;

Idleverb

(intransitive) To lose or spend time doing nothing, or without being employed in business.

‘to idle in an IRC channel’;

Busyadjective

Constantly at work; diligent; active.

‘Busy hammers closing rivets up.’; ‘Religious motives . . . are so busy in the heart.’;

Idleverb

(intransitive) Of an engine: to run at a slow speed, or out of gear; to tick over.

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Busyadjective

Crowded with business or activities; - said of places and times; as, a busy street.

‘To-morrow is a busy day.’;

Idlenoun

(gaming) An idle animation.

Busyadjective

Officious; meddling; foolish active.

‘On meddling monkey, or on busy ape.’;

Idlenoun

(gaming) An idle game.

Busyadjective

Careful; anxious.

Idleadjective

Of no account; useless; vain; trifling; unprofitable; thoughtless; silly; barren.

‘Every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.’; ‘Down their idle weapons dropped.’; ‘This idle story became important.’;

Busyverb

To make or keep busy; to employ; to engage or keep engaged; to occupy; as, to busy one's self with books.

‘Be it thy course to busy giddy mindsWith foreign quarrels.’;

Idleadjective

Not called into active service; not turned to appropriate use; unemployed; as, idle hours.

‘The idle spear and shield were high uphing.’;

Busyverb

keep busy with;

‘She busies herself with her butterfly collection’;

Idleadjective

Not employed; unoccupied with business; inactive; doing nothing; as, idle workmen.

‘Why stand ye here all the day idle?’;

Busyadjective

actively or fully engaged or occupied;

‘busy with her work’; ‘a busy man’; ‘too busy to eat lunch’; ‘the line is busy’;

Idleadjective

Given rest and ease; averse to labor or employment; lazy; slothful; as, an idle fellow.

Busyadjective

overcrowded or cluttered with detail;

‘a busy painting’; ‘a fussy design’;

Idleadjective

Light-headed; foolish.

Busyadjective

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’;

Idleverb

To lose or spend time in inaction, or without being employed in business.

Busyadjective

crowdedwith or characterized by much activity;

‘a very busy week’; ‘a busy life’; ‘a busy street’; ‘a busy seaport’;

Idleverb

To spend in idleness; to waste; to consume; - often followed by away; as, to idle away an hour a day.

Busyadjective

(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’;

Idleverb

run disconnected or idle;

‘the engine is idling’;

Busyadjective

having a great deal to do

‘he had been too busy to enjoy himself’;

Idleverb

be idle; exist in a changeless situation;

‘The old man sat and stagnated on his porch’; ‘He slugged in bed all morning’;

Busyadjective

occupied with or concentrating on a particular activity or object of attention

‘the team members are busy raising money’;

Idleadjective

not in action or at work;

‘an idle laborer’; ‘idle drifters’; ‘the idle rich’; ‘an idle mind’;

Busyadjective

(of a time or place) full of activity

‘I've had a busy day’; ‘the busy city streets’;

Idleadjective

without a basis in reason or fact;

‘baseless gossip’; ‘the allegations proved groundless’; ‘idle fears’; ‘unfounded suspicions’; ‘unwarranted jealousy’;

Busyadjective

(of a telephone line) engaged.

Idleadjective

not in active use;

‘the machinery sat idle during the strike’; ‘idle hands’;

Busyadjective

excessively detailed or decorated

‘the lavish set designs are a little too busy’;

Idleadjective

silly or trivial;

‘idle pleasure’; ‘light banter’; ‘light idle chatter’;

Busyverb

keep oneself occupied

‘she busied herself with her new home’;

Idleadjective

lacking a sense of restraint or responsibility;

‘idle talk’; ‘a loose tongue’;

Busynoun

a police officer

‘I was picked up by the busies for possession’;

Idleadjective

not yielding a return;

‘dead capital’; ‘idle funds’;

Idleadjective

not having a job;

‘idle carpenters’; ‘jobless transients’; ‘many people in the area were out of work’;

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