[ ahyd-ler ]
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  1. a person who passes time in a lazy or unproductive way.

  2. Machinery. an idle gear, wheel, or pulley.

  1. Railroads. an empty freight car placed under the projecting end of a long object carried by the next car, so that the latter can be connected with another part of the train.

  2. Nautical. day man (def. 2).

Origin of idler

First recorded in 1525–35; idle + -er1

Words Nearby idler Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use idler in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for idler


/ (ˈaɪdlə) /

  1. a person who idles

  2. another name for idle pulley, idle wheel

  1. nautical a ship's crew member, such as a carpenter, sailmaker, etc, whose duties do not include standing regular watches

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