BUSY in sign language
Learn how to sign "busy" in American Sign Language (ASL).
ASL signs for "busy"
These two ASL signs are common, which both are interchangeable in some contexts, and not interchangeable in some other contexts. For beginners, use the first sign for general contexts.
Meaning: Being occupied with tasks or full of activity; having a lot of things to do in short time.
Pronunciation (sign description): Dominant "B" hand, palm facing out, with the bottom of the dominant hand in contact with the edge of the horizontal non-dominant hand with palm facing down, quickly moves sideways few times.
Usage examples: "Sorry, right now, she's busy", "Well, I'm good. I've been busy at work".
Semantic variation: This lexicalized sign is also very commonly used, usually to emphasize in some contexts.
Pronunciation (sign description): Fingerspelled loan (lexicalized).
Usage example (usually used by Deaf fluent and native signers): "PSHAW, PAST+NIGHT, IX-me REALLY #BUSY".
Related signs: on the go, on the hop.