industrious

  • 1 Industrious — In*dus tri*ous, a. [L. industrius, industriosus: cf. F. industrieux. See {Industry}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Given to industry; characterized by diligence; constantly, regularly, or habitually occupied; busy; assiduous; not slothful or idle; commonly… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 industrious — in‧dus‧tri‧ous [ɪnˈdʌstriəs] adjective always working very hard: • Mexico has an industrious labour force and enormous natural resources. industriousness noun [uncountable] : • Hong Kong workers are known for their industriousness. * * *… …

    Financial and business terms

  • 3 industrious — I adjective active, adsiduus, aggressive, ardent, assiduous, busily engaged, busy, dedicated, determined, devoted, diligent, eager, earnest, energetic, enthusiastic, hard working, indefatigable, industrius, intent, laborious, never idle, operose …

    Law dictionary

  • 4 industrious — (adj.) characterized by energy, effort, and attention, 1520s (implied in industriously), from M.Fr. industrieux and directly from L.L. industriosus, from L. industria (see INDUSTRY (Cf. industry)). Retains the etymological sense. Related:… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 5 industrious — diligent, *busy, assiduous, sedulous Analogous words: *active, operative, live, dynamic: persevering, persisting or persistent (see corresponding verbs at PERSEVERE): indefatigable, tireless, untiring, unflagging, unwearied Antonyms: slothful,… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 6 industrious — [adj] hardworking active, assiduous, ball of fire*, burning, busy, conscientious, diligent, dynamic, eager, energetic, grind*, in full swing*, intent, involved, jumping, laborious, on the go*, operose, perky*, persevering, persistent, plugging,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 7 industrious — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ diligent and hard working. DERIVATIVES industriously adverb industriousness noun …

    English terms dictionary

  • 8 industrious — [in dus′trē əs] adj. [< Fr or L: Fr industrieux < L industriosus < industria: see INDUSTRY] 1. Obs. skillful or clever 2. characterized by earnest, steady effort; hardworking; diligent SYN. BUSY industriously adv. industriousness n …

    English World dictionary

  • 9 industrious — [[t]ɪndʌ̱striəs[/t]] ADJ GRADED If you describe someone as industrious, you mean they work very hard. She was an industrious and willing worker. Syn: hard working Derived words: industriously ADV GRADED ADV with v Maggie paints industriously all… …

    English dictionary

  • 10 industrious — adjective Date: 15th century 1. obsolete skillful, ingenious 2. constantly, regularly, or habitually active or occupied ; diligent < an industrious worker > Synonyms: see busy • industriously adverb • industriousness …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 11 industrious — industriously, adv. industriousness, n. /in dus tree euhs/, adj. 1. working energetically and devotedly; hard working; diligent: an industrious person. 2. Obs. skillful. [1525 35; < L industrius diligent, assiduous, OL indostruus, perh. equiv. to …

    Universalium

  • 12 industrious — adjective Hard working and persistent; worksome. I was very industrious in my effort to learn unicycle riding. See Also: industrial, industry …

    Wiktionary

  • 13 industrious — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) adj. active, busy, hardworking; diligent, assiduous, sedulous. See activity. Ant., lazy, indolent. II (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. assiduous, hard working, diligent, enterprising; see active 2 , busy 1 ,… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 14 INDUSTRIOUS — (Roget s Thesaurus II) Index industrious noun diligence, efficiency adjective diligent, efficient lazy noun laziness, wastrel adje …

    English dictionary for students

  • 15 industrious — in|dus|tri|ous [ınˈdʌstriəs] adj someone who is industrious works hard = ↑hard working >industriously adv …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16 industrious — adjective the industrious immigrants who founded our town in 1826 Syn: hard working, diligent, assiduous, conscientious, steady, painstaking, sedulous, persevering, unflagging, untiring, tireless, indefatigable, studious; busy, as busy as a bee,… …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 17 industrious — [ɪnˈdʌstriəs] adj formal someone who is industrious works very hard …

    Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • 18 industrious — in•dus•tri•ous [[t]ɪnˈdʌs tri əs[/t]] adj. 1) working energetically and devotedly; hard working; diligent: an industrious person[/ex] 2) Obs. skillful • Etymology: 1525–35; < L industrius in•dus′tri•ous•ly, adv. in•dus′tri•ous•ness, n …

    From formal English to slang

  • 19 industrious — /ɪnˈdʌstriəs / (say in dustreeuhs) adjective hardworking; diligent: an industrious person. {Latin industriōsus diligent} –industriously, adverb –industriousness, noun …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 20 industrious — Synonyms and related words: active, aggressive, ardent, assiduous, busy, conscientious, constant, continuing, diligent, dogged, dynamic, elaborate, enduring, energetic, faithful, fervent, hard, hard working, hardworking, hustling, immutable,… …

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