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busyness

[ biz-ee-nis ]SEE DEFINITION OF busyness

Synonyms for busyness

  • effort
  • industry
  • study
  • assiduity
  • attention
  • attentiveness
  • commitment
  • concentration
  • consideration
  • dedication
  • deliberation
  • diligence
  • perseverance
  • zeal
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Antonyms for busyness

  • idleness
  • laziness
  • apathy
  • disregard
  • ignorance
  • indifference
  • lethargy
  • neglect
  • negligence
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR BUSYNESS

Tom, standing with hat in hand, was impressed with his busyness.

I shouldn't have called it restlessness so much as busyness.

Add the ordinary impediments of life, and admire my busyness.

Of course, out of doors the bees do this; their “busyness” materially aiding the gardener.

I contented myself with the appearance of busyness, and wondered how long it would be before my chief caught me out.

I have written three pages before I come to my own busyness and feelings.

Samarra camp was a swirl of dust after the day's busyness; almost a faery place in the last sunlight.

Phillida was framed in the open square, and shook a dustcloth at us by way of greeting and evidence of her busyness.

The men whose devoted lives have made history great have seen in creation's busyness more than aimless shuddering.

There had been the Honeycomb; its busyness still informed by the hotel spirit of "Dwell as if about to depart."

WORD ORIGIN

1849, first attested in Thoreau, from busy (adj.) + -ness. A modern formation made necessary after business evolved away from busy.

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