idler

[ ahyd-ler ]
/ ˈaɪd lər /

noun

a person who passes time in a lazy or unproductive way.
Machinery. an idle gear, wheel, or pulley.
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.
Nautical. day man (def. 2).

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Origin of idler

First recorded in 1525–35; idle + -er1
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British Dictionary definitions for idler

idler
/ (ˈaɪdlə) /

noun

a person who idles
another name for idle pulley, idle wheel
nautical a ship's crew member, such as a carpenter, sailmaker, etc, whose duties do not include standing regular watches
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