After idly admiring the work for almost a week, Iolas gained the courage to enter his very first gallery.
The street vendor, an older man in a baseball hat, sits by idly as tourists flood past the table.
He dropped out of school in the ninth grade and has been idly sitting on good intentions about getting a GED ever since.
He idly fluttered the leaves of the pamphlet and glanced out into the street to see if any friends were in sight.
After the door closed, he still sat, idly staring at the headband on his desk.
As they talked there idly, they heard what they thought was the shrill bark of dogs running up the hill.
With her forefinger she idly traced some hieroglyphics on her lap.
"I have spoken," returned the girl; and she sat still, idly picking up pebbles from the sand.
"Thompson seems to have got a move on in sending up his successor," said I idly.
As she disappeared, Lady Treherne beckoned to her daughter, who was idly making chords at the grand piano.
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.