Definitions for idleˈaɪd l
This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word idle
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"
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.
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
The Devil finds work for idle hands.
The idle mind knows not what it wants.
All universal moral principles are idle fantasies.
#3532. The law neither does nor requires idle acts.
To be idle requires a strong sense of personal identity.
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Translations for idle
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- عاطل عن العملArabic
- 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
- 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
- nutteloos, inactief, nietsdoend, ijdelDutch
- vagabundo, perder tempo, inapropriado, desocupado, ocioso, preguiçoso, vazio, imprestável, vão, desempregado, inútilPortuguese
- gå på tomgång, overksamSwedish
- boş, atılTurkish
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