What does idleness mean?

Definitions for idleness

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word idleness.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. idleness, idling, loafing(noun)

    having no employment

  2. groundlessness, idleness(noun)

    the quality of lacking substance or value

    "the groundlessness of their report was quickly recognized"

  3. faineance, idleness(noun)

    the trait of being idle out of a reluctance to work


  1. idleness(Noun)

    The state of being idle; inactivity.

  2. idleness(Noun)

    The state of being indolent; indolence

  3. idleness(Noun)

    Groundlessness; worthlessness; triviality.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Idleness(noun)

    the condition or quality of being idle (in the various senses of that word); uselessness; fruitlessness; triviality; inactivity; laziness


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of idleness in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of idleness in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Floyd Dell:

    Idleness is not doing nothing. Idleness is being free to do anything.

  2. Hippocrates:

    Idleness and lack of occupation tend - nay are dragged - towards evil.

  3. Kierkegaard:

    Far from idleness being the root of all evil, it is rather the only true good.

  4. Walter Raleigh:

    War begets quiet, quiet idleness, idleness disorder, disorder ruin; likewise ruin order, order virtue, virtue glory, and good fortune.

  5. Lord Chesterfield:

    Know the true value of time snatch, seize, and enjoy every moment of it. No idleness no laziness no procrastination never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.

Images & Illustrations of idleness

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Translations for idleness

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • zahálkaCzech
  • segurdodWelsh
  • Stillstand, Trägheit, Arbeitsunwilligkeit, Untätigkeit, IndolenzGerman
  • ociosidadSpanish
  • velttous, joutilaisuus, vetelyys, turhuusFinnish
  • oisiveté, futilité, inactivité, inutilité, indolenceFrench
  • ozio, indolenza, oziosità, pigriziaItalian
  • ōtiumLatin
  • ócio, inatividadePortuguese
  • праздность, леность, бесполезность, простой, бесплодность, бездельеRussian
  • dokolicaSerbo-Croatian
  • sysslolöshetSwedish
  • trög, nosdunVolapük

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