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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR BUSIER

The ironic part of it was that, for all that had happened, I was busier all the time.

Hapgood was busy; Serena was busier, and Azuba was busiest of all.

"Then the devil is busier than he seems, even after a night at Court," I said.

"You've got to be busier in a few minutes," was the harsh reply.

For eight months or so Remington Solander was busier than he had ever been in his life.

From that time on the boss was busier than he had been before.

Plenty of fine mornings came and went, and busier than ever were all the birds.

But be all the books; that never was opened or shut, busier men!

There was no jollier, dustier, busier, happier miller in all the land than he.

I worked like—well, I got busier than I ever was in my life.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English bisig "careful, anxious," later "continually employed or occupied," cognate with Old Dutch bezich, Low German besig; no known connection with any other Germanic or Indo-European language. Still pronounced as in Middle English, but for some unclear reason the spelling shifted to -u- in 15c.

The notion of "anxiousness" has drained from the word since Middle English. Often in a bad sense in early Modern English, "prying, meddlesome" (preserved in busybody). The word was a euphemism for "sexually active" in 17c. Of telephone lines, 1893. Of display work, "excessively detailed, visually cluttered," 1903.

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.