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Definitions of idle

  1. To lose or spend time in inaction. To idle away, to spend in idleness. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  2. To spend in idleness; waste time idly. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  3. To spend in idleness; to waste; to consume; - often followed by away; as, to idle away an hour a day. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. To spend, or waste (time); usually with away. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  5. To spend in idleness. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  6. To be inactive or without employment. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  7. run disconnected or idle; "the engine is idling" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. To lose or spend time. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  9. Of no account; useless; vain; trifling; unprofitable; thoughtless; silly; barren. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. Not called into active service; not turned to appropriate use; unemployed; as, idle hours. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. Not employed; unoccupied with business; inactive; doing nothing; as, idle workmen. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. Given rest and ease; averse to labor or employment; lazy; slothful; as, an idle fellow. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. Light-headed; foolish. Webster Dictionary DB
  14. Idler. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  15. IDLY. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  16. without a basis in reason or fact; "baseless gossip"; "the allegations proved groundless"; "idle fears"; "unfounded suspicions"; "unwarranted jealousy" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  17. not having a job; "idle carpenters"; "jobless transients"; "many people in the area were out of work" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  18. not in active use; "the machinery sat idle during the strike"; "idle hands" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  19. not in action or at work; "an idle laborer"; "idle drifters"; "the idle rich"; "an idle mind" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  20. not yielding a return; "dead capital"; "idle funds" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  21. lacking a sense of restraint or responsibility; "idle talk"; "a loose tongue" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  22. silly or trivial; "idle pleasure"; "light banter"; "light idle chatter" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  23. Empty; unoccupied; unemployed; unused; useless; vain; of no importance; futile; lazy. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  24. Vain: trifling: unemployed: averse to labor: not occupied: useless: unimportant: unedifying. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  25. IDLER, IDLENESS. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  26. Unemployed; averse to labor; trifling; useless. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  27. Not occupied. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  28. Averse to labor; lazy. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  29. Vain; useless. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  30. Not employed; doing nothing; averse to labour; not occupied; unfruitful; unprofitable; of no use or importance; vain. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  31. Not employed; averse to labour; vain; useless; frivolous; unprofitable. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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Usage examples for idle

  1. I have seen the effect of almost a year of the war on the idle women of England. – There was a King in Egypt by Norma Lorimer
  2. " But some people said he was an idle fellow," insisted McAllister. – McAllister and His Double by Arthur Train
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