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[biz-uh-lee] /ˈbɪz ə li/
in a busy manner; actively.
Origin of busily
1175-1225; Middle English bisiliche. See busy, -ly
Related forms
nonbusily, adverb
overbusily, adverb
superbusily, adverb
unbusily, adverb Unabridged
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  • After a moment of stunned quiet, tourists at the site busily snap pictures with cameras and cell phones.
  • Inside, volunteers busily set tables, stir boiling pots and dish out plates of food they've been planning and preparing for weeks.
  • When people are busily sensing or doing something, the region involved in self-monitoring quiets down.
  • It booted up the natural cell's machinery and busily set to work making proteins and, ultimately, dividing and thriving.
  • As you read this, mitochondria are busily churning away in every single cell in your body.
  • Finally, scholars were busily refining their appreciation of how first-century writers had used language.
  • We are experimenting busily, in other words, with any new technology that emerges in this extraordinarily fertile era.
  • Now when he had done all his work busily, again he seized yet other two and made ready his supper.
  • And he set to cutting timber, and his work went busily.
  • And it's big: a hundred light years across, and busily forming lots and lots of stars.
British Dictionary definitions for busily


in a busy manner; industriously
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Word Origin and History for busily

c.1200, bisiliche; see busy (adj.) + -ly (2).

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