Definitions for idleˈaɪd l

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Princeton's WordNetRate this definition:(0.00 / 0 votes)

  1. idle(adj)

    the state of an engine or other mechanism that is idling

    "the car engine was running at idle"

  2. idle(adj)

    not in action or at work

    "an idle laborer"; "idle drifters"; "the idle rich"; "an idle mind"

  3. 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"

  4. idle, unused(adj)

    not in active use

    "the machinery sat idle during the strike"; "idle hands"

  5. idle, light(adj)

    silly or trivial

    "idle pleasure"; "light banter"; "light idle chatter"

  6. idle, loose(adj)

    lacking a sense of restraint or responsibility

    "idle talk"; "a loose tongue"

  7. dead, idle(adj)

    not yielding a return

    "dead capital"; "idle funds"

  8. idle, jobless, out of work(verb)

    not having a job

    "idle carpenters"; "jobless transients"; "many people in the area were out of work"

  9. idle, tick over(verb)

    run disconnected or idle

    "the engine is idling"

  10. 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"

WiktionaryRate this definition:(0.00 / 0 votes)

  1. idle(Verb)

    To spend in idleness; to waste; to consume.

  2. idle(Verb)

    To lose or spend time doing nothing, or without being employed in business.

  3. idle(Verb)

    Of an engine: to run at a slow speed, or out of gear; to tick-over.

  4. idle(Adjective)

    Empty, vacant.

  5. idle(Adjective)

    Not turned to appropriate use; not occupied.

  6. idle(Adjective)

    Not engaged in any occupation or employment; unemployed; inactive; doing nothing.

    idle workmen

  7. idle(Adjective)

    Averse to work, labor or employment; lazy; slothful.

    an idle fellow

  8. idle(Adjective)

    Of no importance; useless; worthless; vain; trifling; thoughtless; silly.

    an idle story; idle talk; idle rumor

  9. Origin: idel, from West *. Cognate with Dutch ijdel, German eitel.

Webster DictionaryRate this definition:(0.00 / 0 votes)

  1. Idle

    of no account; useless; vain; trifling; unprofitable; thoughtless; silly; barren

  2. Idle

    not called into active service; not turned to appropriate use; unemployed; as, idle hours

  3. Idle

    not employed; unoccupied with business; inactive; doing nothing; as, idle workmen

  4. Idle

    given rest and ease; averse to labor or employment; lazy; slothful; as, an idle fellow

  5. Idle

    light-headed; foolish

  6. Idle(verb)

    to lose or spend time in inaction, or without being employed in business

  7. Idle(verb)

    to spend in idleness; to waste; to consume; -- often followed by away; as, to idle away an hour a day

FreebaseRate this definition:(0.00 / 0 votes)

  1. Idle

    Idle is a term which generally refers to a lack of motion and/or energy.

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon WurdzRate this definition:(0.00 / 0 votes)

  1. IDLE

    Useless. IDOLIZE To make useless.

Anagrams of idle »

  1. lied

  2. diel

  3. deli


Translations for idle

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  • عاطل عن العملArabic
  • незаетBulgarian
  • desocupat, aturat, inactiuCatalan, Valencian
  • líný, mrhat, nečinný, neužitečný, nepotřebný, volný, zaháletCzech
  • nutzlos, untätig, müßig, überflüssigGerman
  • οκνηρός, ανώφελος, άνεργος, αδρανής, άχρηστοςGreek
  • desocupado, ocioso, flojear, vagabundoSpanish
  • [[olla]] [[joutokäynnillä]], olla vapaalla, joutilas, joutava, maleksia, toimeton, laiskaFinnish
  • inactif, négligeable, inutile, oisif, fainéanter, fainéantFrench
  • caithScottish Gaelic
  • אבטלהHebrew
  • henyél, tétlenHungarian
  • perdere tempo, indolente, in folle, oziare, ozioso, disoccupato, inutile, inattivo, sprecare tempo, infingardo, girare al minimo, vano, sciupare nell'ozio, pigro, girare a vuotoItalian
  • Japanese
  • 게으른Korean
  • ōtiōsusLatin
  • nutteloos, inactief, nietsdoendDutch
  • leniwyPolish
  • vagabundo, perder tempo, inapropriado, desocupado, ocioso, preguiçoso, vazio, imprestável, vão, desempregado, inútilPortuguese
  • незанятыйRussian
  • gå på tomgång, overksamSwedish
  • zembeaSwahili
  • boş, atılTurkish

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