Even were he an idler and a parasite and nothing worse, however, he has no claim to be tolerated.
He is an idler on the earth, chasing the shadows of his own fancies.
They are evolved out of the necessity of protecting from the handworker the life and property of the brain worker and the idler.
She will never be an idler, never sink into the ranks of the commonplace.
With the curiosity of an idler he approached, and found that they bore a man, who was firmly bound hand and foot.
idler or bungler, he is willing to fork out his penny and pocket your shilling.
A game at billiards, sixty miles an hour in a motor car, a lark with any idler that happens in the club.
In effect, if there are idlers to salute there must be an idler to be saluted.
Truly the California Woodpecker is no idler or bungler, nor is he a free-booter, like the noisy, roystering Jay.
If you call on a friend and he is busy, do not become an idler or make him one.
Old English idel "empty, void; vain; worthless, useless; not employed," common West Germanic (cf. Old Saxon idal, Old Frisian idel "empty, worthless," Old Dutch idil, Old High German ital, German eitel "vain, useless, mere, pure"), of unknown origin. Idle threats preserves original sense; meaning "lazy" is c.1300.
late 15c., "make vain or worthless," from idle (adj.). Meaning "spend or waste (time)" is from 1650s. Meaning "cause to be idle" is from 1789. Sense of "running slowly and steadily without transmitting power" (as a motor) first recorded 1916. Related: Idled; idling.