Origin of idler
adjective, i·dler, i·dlest.
verb (used without object), i·dled, i·dling.
verb (used with object), i·dled, i·dling.
Origin of idle
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Examples from the Web for idler
Historical Examples of idler
Labour is not only a necessity and a duty, but a blessing: only the idler feels it to be a curse.
Fowell learnt very little at school, and was regarded as a dunce and an idler.
He was like an idler basking in the sun, conscious of nothing but just the warmth and comfort of it.Jan and Her Job
L. Allen Harker
A likable chap, this Thorpe, but lazy—just an idler—he had concluded.
Garry was now the young Laird, and I was but an idler, a burden on the estate.The Trail of '98
Robert W. Service
Word Origin for idle
1530s, agent noun from 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.