adjective, i·dler, i·dlest.
verb (used without object), i·dled, i·dling.
verb (used with object), i·dled, i·dling.
SYNONYMS FOR idle
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Origin of idle
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historical usage of idle
One of the senses of the verb idle, “to spend one’s time doing nothing,” dates from the 17th century and is first recorded in Samuel Pepys’ Diary.
The mechanical sense, used of a motor or engine disengaged from its load and operating at a low speed, dates from the 20th century.
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Example sentences from the Web for idle
A final word on shopping for the best board gamesKeeping a few board games on hand is a wise move if you’re looking for a way to occupy idle hours or entertain a group of family and friends to keep the spirit of a gathering alive.
I also loved watching an excellent video presentation of Westminster Abbey by London’s famous Blue Badge certified guides, who did three videos a week while they were idled by the lockdown.My trip to London was canceled, so I took it on YouTube instead|Nancy Nathan|December 10, 2020|Washington Post
The city moved some employees to the property, so it hasn’t sat idle, but it has yet to fulfill the purpose the city intended – and it’s unclear when exactly it might.Real Estate Debacles Loomed Large on Faulconer’s Watch|Lisa Halverstadt|December 10, 2020|Voice of San Diego
The estate is actually now a theme park, but it sat idle and neglected for something like a decade after Escobar was shot dead by Colombian police in 1993.
That means the country has capital and labor sitting idle, waiting to be used, so at least the components of growth are more available than they were.
In the distance, hugging a T-wall, two Humvees idled door-to-door with their headlights on.
For lack of several hundred mine inspectors, thousands of coal miners could be idled.Government Shuts Down and Private Sector Feels the Pain, Too|Daniel Gross|October 4, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Dozens of double-parked black sedans lined the block, and two large suburbans with Maryland license plates idled curbside.
Only two years after the devastating nuclear meltdown, Japan is set to reopen idled reactors.
Since the reactors have been idled, Japan has relied on “old energy”—coal and gas—for its needs.
Here have I idled away three whole days, and I can remain no longer, for time is precious to me.Confessions of a Thug|Philip Meadows Taylor
Here, with the green groves stretching on every hand, the three women had idled out the warm, sweet afternoon.God Wills It!|William Stearns Davis
Ugly wasn't a roarin' success as a producer—jist idled and fuddled until he got to be a man.David Lannarck, Midget|George S. Harney
I idled over it for an hour and then reported back that I couldn't see a story in the suggestion.Seeing Things at Night|Heywood Broun
Frequently he idled through the two settlements, and tried in awkward fashion to understand the personal side of the workers.Mountain|Clement Wood