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Definitions of idle

  1. without a basis in reason or fact; "baseless gossip"; "the allegations proved groundless"; "idle fears"; "unfounded suspicions"; "unwarranted jealousy" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. be idle; exist in a changeless situation; "The old man sat and stagnated on his porch"; "He slugged in bed all morning" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. not having a job; "idle carpenters"; "jobless transients"; "many people in the area were out of work" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. not in active use; "the machinery sat idle during the strike"; "idle hands" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. not in action or at work; "an idle laborer"; "idle drifters"; "the idle rich"; "an idle mind" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. not yielding a return; "dead capital"; "idle funds" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. lacking a sense of restraint or responsibility; "idle talk"; "a loose tongue" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. silly or trivial; "idle pleasure"; "light banter"; "light idle chatter" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. run disconnected or idle; "the engine is idling" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  10. Of no account; useless; vain; trifling; unprofitable; thoughtless; silly; barren. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. Not called into active service; not turned to appropriate use; unemployed; as, idle hours. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. Not employed; unoccupied with business; inactive; doing nothing; as, idle workmen. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. Given rest and ease; averse to labor or employment; lazy; slothful; as, an idle fellow. Webster Dictionary DB
  14. Light-headed; foolish. Webster Dictionary DB
  15. To lose or spend time in inaction, or without being employed in business. Webster Dictionary DB
  16. Idleness. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  17. To spend in idleness; to waste; to consume; - often followed by away; as, to idle away an hour a day. Webster Dictionary DB
  18. Empty; unoccupied; unemployed; unused; useless; vain; of no importance; futile; lazy. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  19. To be inactive or without employment. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  20. To spend, or waste (time); usually with away. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  21. Vain: trifling: unemployed: averse to labor: not occupied: useless: unimportant: unedifying. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  22. To spend in idleness. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  23. IDLER, IDLENESS. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  24. IDLY. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  25. Idler. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  26. To spendidly. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  27. Unemployed; averse to labor; trifling; useless. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  28. To spend in idleness; waste time idly. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  29. Not occupied. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  30. Averse to labor; lazy. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  31. Vain; useless. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  32. 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.
  33. 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.
  34. 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.
  35. To lose or spend time. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  36. To spend in idleness; to waste; to consume; -- often followed by away; as, to idle away an hour a day. mso.anu.edu.au
  37. [=i]'dl, adj. vain: trifling: unemployed: averse to labour: not occupied: useless: unimportant: unedifying.--v.t. to spend in idleness.--v.i. to be idle or unoccupied.--adj. I'DLE-HEAD'ED, foolish.--ns. I'DLEHOOD, I'DLENESS; I'DLER; ID'LESSE, idleness; I'DLE-WHEEL, a wheel placed between two others simply for transferring the motion from one to the other without changing the direction.--n.pl. I'DLE-WORMS, once jocularly supposed to be bred in the fingers of lazy maid-servants.--adv. I'DLY. [A.S. idel; Dut. ijdel, Ger. eitel.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  38. (Of action, thought, word) ineffective, worthless, vain; groundless; useless; unoccupied; lazy, indolent; (v.i.) be i.; (v.t.) pass (time &c.) away in idleness; i. wheel, safety wheel coming into operation in case of breakdown, (also) intermediate wheel between two geared wheels. Hence idleness, idler, nn., idly adv. [old English] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  39. Lazy, averse from labour; not busy; not employed ; useless, vain ; trifling, of no importance. Complete Dictionary

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