idly

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English idely, ydelly, idelliche, from Old English īdellīċe, equivalent to idle +‎ -ly.

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  • IPA(key): /ˈaɪd(ə)lɪ/

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idly (comparative more idly, superlative most idly)

  1. Without specific purpose, intent or effort. [from 9th c.]
    I idly played with the paper, not even realizing I was folding it into a paper airplane.
  2. In an idle manner. [from 14th c.]

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