Nearby words

  1. idiotype,
  2. idiotypic,
  3. idioventricular,
  4. idioventricular rhythm,
  5. idk,
  6. idle character,
  7. idle gear,
  8. idle pulley,
  9. idle time,
  10. idle wheel

Origin of idle

before 900; 1915–20 for def 12; Middle English, Old English īdel (adj.) empty, trifling, vain, useless; cognate with German eitel

SYNONYMS FOR idle
1. sluggish. Idle, indolent, lazy, slothful apply to a person who is not active. To be idle is to be inactive or not working at a job. The word is sometimes derogatory, but not always, since one may be relaxing temporarily or may be idle through necessity: pleasantly idle on a vacation; to be idle because one is unemployed or because supplies are lacking. The indolent person is naturally disposed to avoid exertion: indolent and slow in movement; an indolent and contented fisherman. The lazy person is averse to exertion or work, and especially to continued application; the word is usually derogatory: too lazy to earn a living; incurably lazy. Slothful denotes a reprehensible unwillingness to carry one's share of the burden: so slothful as to be a burden on others. 5. worthless, trivial, trifling. 7. wasteful. 11. See loiter. 13. waste.

Related forms
Can be confusedidle idol idyll (see synonym study at the current entry)

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British Dictionary definitions for idled

idle

/ (ˈaɪdəl) /

adjective

verb

Derived Formsidleness, nounidly, adverb

Word Origin for idle

Old English īdel; compare Old High German ītal empty, vain

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