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- enPR: īʹd(ə)l, IPA(key): /ˈaɪd(ə)l/
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- Rhymes: -aɪdəl
- Homophones: idol, idyll, idyl (US pronunciation)
- (obsolete) Empty, vacant.
- Not turned to appropriate use; not occupied.
- idle hours
- My computer hibernates after it has been idle for 30 minutes.
- Not engaged in any occupation or employment; unemployed; inactive; doing nothing.
- idle workmen
1879, Richard Jefferies, chapter 1, The Amateur Poacher:
- Molly the dairymaid came a little way from the rickyard, and said she would pluck the pigeon that very night after work. She was always ready to do anything for us boys; and we could never quite make out why they scolded her so for an idle hussy indoors.
- 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
- (obsolete) Light-headed; foolish.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Ford to this entry?)
- See also Wikisaurus:lazy
not turned to appropriate use, not occupied
not engaged in any occupation or employment
averse to work or labor
of no importance, worthless, useless
- (transitive) To spend in idleness; to waste; to consume.
- (intransitive) To lose or spend time doing nothing, or without being employed in business.
- to idle in an IRC channel
- 1939, Joan Evans, Chateaubriand (page 32)
- He had already heard of the young man's projected journey — evidently the Comte de Combourg had written many letters while his son idled at St. Malo […]
- (intransitive) Of an engine: to run at a slow speed, or out of gear; to tick over.
to spend in idleness, to waste
to lose or spend time doing nothing
to run at a slow speed, or out of gear
- idle in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
- idle in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913