One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The state or condition of having a great deal to do.‘it's easy to get caught up in the busyness of life’‘school started and the busyness began’
- 1.1 The quality of being full of activity.‘the busyness and noise of the street’‘the waitresses seemed unfazed by the busyness of the cafe’
- 1.1 The quality of being full of activity.
2The quality of being excessively detailed or decorated.‘the busyness of the interior design’
Early 19th century: from busy + -ness. The word business was used in the the sense ‘the state of being busy’ from Middle English down to the 18th century, but is now differentiated as busyness..
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