What does idleness mean?
Definitions for idleness
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idleness, idling, loafingnoun
having no employment
the quality of lacking substance or value
"the groundlessness of their report was quickly recognized"
the trait of being idle out of a reluctance to work
The state of being idle; inactivity.
The state of being indolent; indolence
Groundlessness; worthlessness; triviality.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: from idle.
Nor is excess the only thing by which sin mauls and breaks men in their health, and the comfortable enjoyment of themselves thereby; but many are also brought to a very ill and languishing habit of body by mere idleness, and idleness is both itself a great sin, and the cause of many more. Robert South, Serm.
All which yet could not make us accuse her, though it made us pine away for spight, to lose any of our time in so troublesome an idleness. Philip Sidney, b. ii.
To the English court assemble now,
From ev'ry region, apes of idleness. William Shakespeare, Henry IV.
He fearing idleness, the nurse of ill,
In sculpture exercis'd his happy skill. John Dryden, Ovid.
Nature being liberal to all without labour, necessity imposing no industry or travel, idleness bringeth forth no other fruits than vain thoughts and licentious pleasures. Walter Raleigh.
Ten thousand harms, more than the ills I know,
My idleness doth hatch. William Shakespeare, Ant. and Cleopatra.
There is no heat of affection but is joined with some idleness of brain. Francis Bacon, War with Spain.
Idleness is a lack of motion or energy. In describing a person, idle means the act of nothing or no work (for example: "John Smith is an idle person"). A person who spends his or her days doing nothing could be said to be "idly passing his or her days" (for example: "Mary has been idle on her instant messenger account for hours."). An idle machine is stopped, exerting no work. A computer processor or communication circuit is described as idle when it is not being used by any program, application or message. Similarly, an engine of an automobile may be described as idle when it is running only to sustain its running (not doing any useful work), this is also called the tickover (see idle).
the condition or quality of being idle (in the various senses of that word); uselessness; fruitlessness; triviality; inactivity; laziness
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The numerical value of idleness in Chaldean Numerology is: 2
The numerical value of idleness in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6
Examples of idleness in a Sentence
There are pauses amidst study, and even pauses of seeming idleness, in which a process goes on which may be likened to the digestion of food. In those seasons of repose, the powers are gathering their strength for new efforts; as land which lies fallow recovers itself for tillage.
Know the true value of time; snatch, seize, and enjoy every moment of it. No idleness, no delay, no procrastination; never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.
Smokers, male and female, inject and excuse idleness in their lives every time they light a cigarette.
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.
The soul is made for action, and cannot rest till it be employed. Idleness is its rust. Unless it will up and think and taste and see, all is in vain.
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- Stillstand, Indolenz, Untätigkeit, Arbeitsunwilligkeit, TrägheitGerman
- بیکار بودنPersian
- turhuus, velttous, joutilaisuus, vetelyysFinnish
- futilité, oisiveté, indolence, inactivité, inutilitéFrench
- indolenza, ozio, pigrizia, oziositàItalian
- inatividade, ócioPortuguese
- простой, бесплодность, бесполезность, безделье, праздность, леностьRussian
- trög, nosdunVolapük
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