[[t]ˈaɪd l[/t]] adj. i•dler, i•dlest,
1) not working or active; unemployed; doing nothing
2) not filled with activity:
idle hours[/ex]
3) not in use or operation:
idle machinery[/ex]
4) habitually doing nothing or avoiding work; lazy
5) of no real worth, importance, or purpose:
idle talk[/ex]
6) having no basis or reason; baseless; groundless:
idle fears[/ex]
7) frivolous; vain:
idle pleasures[/ex]
8) meaningless; senseless:
idle threats[/ex]
9) to pass time doing nothing
10) to move or loiter aimlessly
11) aum mac (of a machine, engine, or mechanism) to operate at a low speed, disengaged from the load
12) to pass (time) doing nothing (often fol. by away):
to idle away the afternoon[/ex]
13) to cause to be idle:
The strike idled many workers[/ex]
14) cvb mac to cause (a machine, engine, or mechanism) to idle
15) the state or quality of being idle
16) aum mac the state of a machine, engine, or mechanism that is idling:
an engine at idle[/ex]
Etymology: bef. 900; ME, OE īdel empty, trifling, useless, c. OFris īdel, OS īdal, OHG ītal i′dle•ness, n. i′dler, n. i′dly, adv. syn: idle, indolent, lazy, slothful apply to a person who is not active. idle means to be inactive or not working at a job; it is not necessarily derogatory: pleasantly idle on a vacation. indolent means naturally disposed to avoid exertion: an indolent and contented fisherman. lazy means averse to exertion or work, and esp. to continued application; the word is usu. derogatory: too lazy to earn a living. slothful denotes a reprehensible unwillingness to do one's share; it describes a person who is slow-moving and lacking in energy: The heat made the workers slothful. See also loiter

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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