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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).
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Bussie, Busie, a. [e.m.E. and ME. busie, busy, replacing the earlier Sc. Besy and Bissy.] Busy. 1568 Pref. Lyndesay 7.
Quhill thay war thus buisie in Ingland, began Iohne Hus … to preiche in Boheme
a1578 Pitsc. I. 78/26.
Look, how bussie thai war to wex ws
1599 Maxwell Mem. III. 44.
Thar be aneugh bussie to misreport
1615 Highland P. III. 254.
He wes bussie, in gewing of ordour, that Sir James suld nocht land
1628 Reg. Privy C. 2 Ser. II. 506.
Ane bussie seducer
c1650 Spalding II. 448.
A bussie bodie in the good caus

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