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  Definition of idle
  1. run disconnected or idle; "the engine is idling"
  2. be idle; exist in a changeless situation; "The old man sat and stagnated on his porch"; "He slugged in bed all morning"
  3. not in active use; "the machinery sat idle during the strike"; "idle hands"
  4. not in action or at work; "an idle laborer"; "idle drifters"; "the idle rich"; "an idle mind"
  5. not having a job; "idle carpenters"; "jobless transients"; "many people in the area were out of work"
  6. not yielding a return; "dead capital"; "idle funds"
  7. lacking a sense of restraint or responsibility; "idle talk"; "a loose tongue"
  8. silly or trivial; "idle pleasure"; "light banter"; "light idle chatter"
  9. without a basis in reason or fact; "baseless gossip"; "the allegations proved groundless"; "idle fears"; "unfounded suspicions"; "unwarranted jealousy"
Similar Words: tick over, laze, slug, stagnate, unused, jobless, out of work, dead, loose, light, baseless, groundless, unfounded, unwarranted

 

See Also: ineffective, uneffective, ineffectual, unemployed

 

Hyponyms: moon, moon around, moon on, ride the bench, warm the bench, daydream, bum, bum around, bum about, arse around, arse about, loaf, frig around, waste one's time, lounge around, loll, loll around, lounge about, lie about, lie around

 

Derivational Morphology: stagnation, stagnancy, doldrums, sluggard, slug, idler, loafer, do-nothing, layabout, bum, idleness, idling, loafing

 

Anagrams: deli, lied

 

Language Translations:
Bulgarian: незает   Chinese:  
Dutch: nietsdoend   Finnish: joutilas  
French: oisif   German: müßig  
Hungarian: tétlen   Italian: ozioso  
Japanese: 暇な   Korean: 게으른  
Portuguese: ocioso   Russian: незанятый  
Spanish: ocioso   Swedish: overksam  
 
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