adjective, i·dler, i·dlest.
verb (used without object), i·dled, i·dling.
verb (used with object), i·dled, i·dling.
- idioventricular rhythm,
- idle character,
- idle gear,
- idle pulley,
- idle time,
- idle wheel
Origin of idle
Examples from the Web for idled
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
Since the reactors have been idled, Japan has relied on “old energy”—coal and gas—for its needs.Japan’s Anti-Nuclear Activists Losing Ground Since Fukushima Disaster|Lennox Samuels|March 18, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The origin of the boat is still not known, but several Turkish nationals were on board the vessel, which idled offshore.
An East German patrol boat, with spotlights and heavy machine guns, idled on the far shore of the River Spree.
As Miss Newton idled over her embroidery he would lounge near her and make little jests about Hayes's age, size, and manners.Mitchelhurst Place, Vol. I (of 2)|Margaret Veley
Here he idled, barely touched his drink, and passed the time in bantering the maid servant.The Yotsuya Kwaidan or O'Iwa Inari|James S. De Benneville
For a while he idled, and then he had an attack of delirium tremens.The Trembling of a Leaf|William Somerset Maugham
They idled along, recounting their exciting experiences in traveling.Villa Elsa|Stuart Henry
Jim idled off, then changed his gait to a run as he heard the preliminary whirr of the engine.Mountain|Clement Wood
Word Origin for idle
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.