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busyness

[biz-ee-nis] /ˈbɪz i nɪs/
noun
1.
the quality or condition of being busy.
2.
lively but meaningless activity.
Origin
1840-1850
1840-50; busy + -ness
Related forms
nonbusyness, noun
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Examples from the web for busyness
  • Indeed the sky's a huge, open relief from all the busyness below, but that cluttered landscape is itself immense.
  • He needs to cite busyness with his current job and decline the offer.
  • After a certain threshold rate of busyness, one's energy input yields diminishing returns.
  • It tells us whether our effort--our busyness--is actually getting us anywhere.
  • If he doesn't, the modest improvement will dissipate into fall busyness.
  • busyness got in the way, as did a great desire not to become an obesity statistic.
  • They revel in being busy and worry sometimes that they carry busyness too far.
  • Outside the trees seem healthy to me, and the street is filled with human busyness.
  • And for all its busyness, this comedy has no real focus, ricocheting from character to character with wearying abandon.
  • Enough of the busyness and ambition, the hothouse summers.
Word Origin and History for busyness
n.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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