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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. To lose or spend time in inaction, or without being employed in business.
  16. Idleness.
  17. To spend in idleness; to waste; to consume; - often followed by away; as, to idle away an hour a day.
  18. Empty; unoccupied; unemployed; unused; useless; vain; of no importance; futile; lazy.
  19. To be inactive or without employment.
  20. To spend, or waste ( time); usually with away.
  21. Vain: trifling: unemployed: averse to labor: not occupied: useless: unimportant: unedifying.
  22. To spend in idleness.
  23. IDLER, IDLENESS.
  24. IDLY.
  25. Idler.
  26. To spendidly.
  27. Unemployed; averse to labor; trifling; useless.
  28. To spend in idleness; waste time idly.
  29. Not occupied.
  30. Averse to labor; lazy.
  31. Vain; useless.
  32. Not employed; doing nothing; averse to labour; not occupied; unfruitful; unprofitable; of no use or importance; vain.
  33. To lose or spend time in inaction. To idle away, to spend in idleness.
  34. Not employed; averse to labour; vain; useless; frivolous; unprofitable.
  35. To lose or spend time.
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Quotes of idle

  1. Idle people are often bored and bored people, unless they sleep a lot, are cruel. It is not accident that boredom and cruelty are great preoccupations in our time. – Renata Adler
  2. A Parliament is nothing less than a big meeting of more or less idle people. – Walter Bagehot
  3. The program should know if someone is at the keyboard or joystick or if it is just sitting there idle It should know if someone is proficient in its use or a novice. – Bill Budge
  4. I give the name violence to a boldness lying idle and enamored of danger. – Jean Genet
  5. A man is not idle because he is absorbed in thought. There is a visible labor and there is an invisible labor. – Victor Hugo
  6. Determine never to be idle No person will have occasion to complain of the want of time who never loses any. It is wonderful how much may be done if we are always doing. – Thomas Jefferson
  7. Patience is the ability to idle your motor when you feel like stripping your gears. – Barbara Johnson
  8. Being forced to work, and forced to do your best, will breed in you temperance and self -control, diligence and strength of will, cheerfulness and content, and a hundred virtues which the idle will never know. – Charles Kingsley
  9. Fortunately, something always remains to be harvested. So let us not be idle – Gustav Mahler
  10. It is better to have a fair intellect that is well used than a powerful one that is idle – Bryant H. McGill
  11. If I'm alone too long I think too much, and I'm not interested in doing that. That won't lead anywhere good, I'm sure. If I'm busy I tend to stay out of trouble. An idle mind is the devil's playground. – Lisa Marie Presley
  12. Not only our future economic soundness but the very soundness of our democratic institutions depends on the determination of our government to give employment to idle men. – Franklin D. Roosevelt
  13. Love makes a subtle man out of a crude one, it gives eloquence to the mute, it gives courage the cowardly and makes the idle quick and sharp. – Juan Ruiz
  14. For Satan always finds some mischief still for idle hands to do. – Isaac Watts

Usage examples for idle

  1. I don't work; I merely idle – Look Back on Happiness by Knut Hamsun
  2. 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
  3. " But some people said he was an idle fellow," insisted McAllister. – McAllister and His Double by Arthur Train
  4. While Norman was occupied with the timbers the others were not idle – Popular Adventure Tales by Mayne Reid
  5. She was not hearing for idle thinking. – Marcia Schuyler by Grace Livingston Hill Lutz
  6. It cannot matter whether he is idle or busy. – Napoleon's Young Neighbor by Helen Leah Reed
  7. He was not idle however. – Andy Grant's Pluck by Horatio Alger
  8. Oh, I am not speaking idle words. – The Man Who Rose Again by Joseph Hocking
  9. Not that Hilary has been idle – The Complete PG Edition of The Works of Winston Churchill by Winston Churchill
  10. 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
  11. When sober and steady, he has a capital trade: his hands are never idle – Wild Life in a Southern County by Richard Jefferies
  12. " Ye are idle ye are idle is a very old cry. – Woman: Man's Equal by Thomas Webster
  13. However, he was not idle – The Land of The Blessed Virgin; Sketches and Impressions in Andalusia by William Somerset Maugham
  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. 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
  17. Mr. C. would not thank you to be dragged down here on such an idle errand. – Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  18. 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
  19. An idle sympathy, perhaps, but none the less strong and real. – The Upton Letters by Arthur Christopher Benson

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