Definitions of idle

  1. without a basis in reason or fact; " baseless gossip"; " the allegations proved groundless"; " idle fears"; " unfounded suspicions"; " unwarranted jealousy"
  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 having a job; " idle carpenters"; " jobless transients"; " many people in the area were out of work"
  4. not in active use; " the machinery sat idle during the strike"; " idle hands"
  5. not in action or at work; " an idle laborer"; " idle drifters"; " the idle rich"; " an idle mind"
  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. run disconnected or idle; " the engine is idling"
  10. Of no account; useless; vain; trifling; unprofitable; thoughtless; silly; barren.
  11. Not called into active service; not turned to appropriate use; unemployed; as, idle hours.
  12. Not employed; unoccupied with business; inactive; doing nothing; as, idle workmen.
  13. Given rest and ease; averse to labor or employment; lazy; slothful; as, an idle fellow.
  14. Light- headed; foolish.
  15. Idleness.
  16. To spend in idleness; to waste; to consume; - often followed by away; as, to idle away an hour a day.
  17. Empty; unoccupied; unemployed; unused; useless; vain; of no importance; futile; lazy.
  18. To be inactive or without employment.
  19. To spend, or waste ( time); usually with away.
  20. Vain: trifling: unemployed: averse to labor: not occupied: useless: unimportant: unedifying.
  21. To spend in idleness.
  23. IDLY.
  24. Idler.
  25. Unemployed; averse to labor; trifling; useless.
  26. To spend in idleness; waste time idly.
  27. Not occupied.
  28. Averse to labor; lazy.
  29. Vain; useless.
  30. Not employed; doing nothing; averse to labour; not occupied; unfruitful; unprofitable; of no use or importance; vain.
  31. To lose or spend time in inaction. To idle away, to spend in idleness.
  32. Not employed; averse to labour; vain; useless; frivolous; unprofitable.
  33. To lose or spend time.

Usage examples for idle

  1. I have seen the effect of almost a year of the war on the idle women of England. – There was a King in Egypt by Norma Lorimer
  2. " But some people said he was an idle fellow," insisted McAllister. – McAllister and His Double by Arthur Train
  3. He was not idle, however. – Andy Grant's Pluck by Horatio Alger
  4. Mr. C. would not thank you to be dragged down here on such an idle errand. – Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  5. For the first time my idle curiosity about my companion turned into a serious desire to understand him better. – The Early Short Fiction of Edith Wharton, Part 2 (of 10) by Edith Wharton
  6. An idle sympathy, perhaps, but none the less strong and real. – The Upton Letters by Arthur Christopher Benson
  7. However, he was not idle. – The Land of The Blessed Virgin; Sketches and Impressions in Andalusia by William Somerset Maugham
  8. She was not hearing for idle thinking. – Marcia Schuyler by Grace Livingston Hill Lutz
  9. It was just the hour for dreaming the dreams which every boy loves to dream, half thought, half idle fancy. – The Boy Scouts in A Trapper's Camp by Thornton W. Burgess
  10. When sober and steady, he has a capital trade: his hands are never idle. – Wild Life in a Southern County by Richard Jefferies
  11. Oh, I am not speaking idle words. – The Man Who Rose Again by Joseph Hocking
  12. But it became necessary to make some other arrangements; I had already been four days idle, and it was not my intention to let the week so pass over my head. – Expedition into Central Australia by Charles Sturt
  13. " Ye are idle, ye are idle," is a very old cry. – Woman: Man's Equal by Thomas Webster
  14. Left to herself and idle, the future easily could have occupied her whole attention; but as yet she was not strong enough to face it. – The Dominant Strain by Anna Chapin Ray
  15. And although near three thousand men were required for this purpose, they were supplied the instant the goods were all on shore; nor did it appear that any difficulty would have been found in raising double that number, as there seemed to be ten times the number of idle spectators as of persons employed. – Travels in China, Containing Descriptions, Observations, and Comparisons, Made and Collected in the Course of a Short Residence at the Imperial Palace of Yuen-Min-Yuen, and on a Subsequent Journey through the Country from Pekin to Canton by John Barrow
  16. Not that Hilary has been idle. – The Complete PG Edition of The Works of Winston Churchill by Winston Churchill
  17. I don't work; I merely idle. – Look Back on Happiness by Knut Hamsun
  18. It cannot matter whether he is idle or busy. – Napoleon's Young Neighbor by Helen Leah Reed
  19. While Norman was occupied with the timbers the others were not idle. – Popular Adventure Tales by Mayne Reid