Definitions for idleˈaɪd l
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
i•dle*ˈaɪd l(adj.)i•dler, i•dlest
(adj.)not working or active; unemployed; doing nothing.
not filled with activity:
not in use or operation:
habitually doing nothing or avoiding work; lazy.
of no real worth, importance, or purpose:
having no basis or reason; baseless; groundless:
(v.i.)to pass time doing nothing.
to move or loiter aimlessly.
(of a machine, engine, or mechanism) to operate at a low speed, disengaged from the load.
Category: Automotive, Machinery
(v.t.)to pass (time) doing nothing (often fol. by away):
to idle away the afternoon.
to cause to be idle:
The strike idled many workers.
to cause (a machine, engine, or mechanism) to idle.
Category: Common Vocabulary, Machinery
(n.)the state or quality of being idle.
the state of a machine, engine, or mechanism that is idling:
an engine at idle.
Category: Automotive, Machinery
* Syn: idle , indolent , lazy , slothful apply to a person who is not active. idle means to be inactive or not working at a job; it is not necessarily derogatory: pleasantly idle on a vacation. indolent means naturally disposed to avoid exertion: an indolent and contented fisherman. lazy means averse to exertion or work, and esp. to continued application; the word is usu. derogatory: too lazy to earn a living. slothful denotes a reprehensible unwillingness to do one's share; it describes a person who is slow-moving and lacking in energy: The heat made the workers slothful. See also loiter.
Origin of idle:
bef. 900; ME, OE īdel empty, trifling, useless, c. OFris īdel, OS īdal, OHG ītal
the state of an engine or other mechanism that is idling
"the car engine was running at idle"
not in action or at work
"an idle laborer"; "idle drifters"; "the idle rich"; "an idle mind"
baseless, groundless, idle, unfounded, unwarranted, wild(adj)
without a basis in reason or fact
"baseless gossip"; "the allegations proved groundless"; "idle fears"; "unfounded suspicions"; "unwarranted jealousy"
not in active use
"the machinery sat idle during the strike"; "idle hands"
silly or trivial
"idle pleasure"; "light banter"; "light idle chatter"
lacking a sense of restraint or responsibility
"idle talk"; "a loose tongue"
not yielding a return
"dead capital"; "idle funds"
idle, jobless, out of work(verb)
not having a job
"idle carpenters"; "jobless transients"; "many people in the area were out of work"
idle, tick over(verb)
run disconnected or idle
"the engine is idling"
idle, laze, slug, stagnate(verb)
be idle; exist in a changeless situation
"The old man sat and stagnated on his porch"; "He slugged in bed all morning"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
not being used
The steam engine lay idle for many years.
useless or without purpose
an idle boy
To spend in idleness; to waste; to consume.
To lose or spend time doing nothing, or without being employed in business.
Of an engine: to run at a slow speed, or out of gear; to tick-over.
Not turned to appropriate use; not occupied.
Not engaged in any occupation or employment; unemployed; inactive; doing nothing.
Averse to work, labor or employment; lazy; slothful.
an idle fellow
Of no importance; useless; worthless; vain; trifling; thoughtless; silly.
an idle story; idle talk; idle rumor
Origin: idel, from West *. Cognate with Dutch ijdel, German eitel.
of no account; useless; vain; trifling; unprofitable; thoughtless; silly; barren
not called into active service; not turned to appropriate use; unemployed; as, idle hours
not employed; unoccupied with business; inactive; doing nothing; as, idle workmen
given rest and ease; averse to labor or employment; lazy; slothful; as, an idle fellow
to lose or spend time in inaction, or without being employed in business
to spend in idleness; to waste; to consume; -- often followed by away; as, to idle away an hour a day
Idle is a term which generally refers to a lack of motion and/or energy.
The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz
Useless. IDOLIZE To make useless.
Translations for idle
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
not working; not in use
ships lying idle in the harbour.
- بلا عَمَل، عاطِلArabic
- inativoPortuguese (BR)
- uvirksom; ude af driftDanish
- αργόσχολος, άπρακτος, αχρησιμοποίητοςGreek
- parado, inactivoSpanish
- بلا استفادهFarsi
- au reposFrench
- מוּשְבַּת מִפּעִילוּתHebrew
- बेकार, खालीHindi
- nem működőHungarian
- aðgerðalaus; ekki í notkunIcelandic
- 사용하지 않는Korean
- be darbo, nenaudingasLithuanian
- dīks; nenodarbinātsLatvian
- inactief, ongebruiktDutch
- ledig, ubeskjeftigetNorwegian
- بلا استفادهPersian
- نښل، بې كاره، بې فعاليته: بې ارزښتهPashto
- inactiv; degeabaRomanian
- oanvänd, overksam, ur driftSwedish
- boş, işlemeyen, kullanılmazTurkish
- 閒著的，閒置的Chinese (Trad.)
- непрацюючий, простоюючийUkrainian
- بے کارUrdu
- nhàn rỗiVietnamese
- 闲着的Chinese (Simp.)
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