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.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
ī′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.]
The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz
Useless. IDOLIZE To make useless.
The numerical value of idle in Chaldean Numerology is: 4
The numerical value of idle in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
If you are idle, be not solitary if you are solitary be not idle.
If you are idle, be not solitary; if you are solitary be not idle.
As we must account for every idle word, so must we account for every idle silence.
To be idle is a short road to death and to be diligent is a way of life foolish people are idle, wise people are diligent.
To be idle is a short road to death and to be diligent is a way of life; foolish people are idle, wise people are diligent.
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Translations for idle
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- 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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