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
Examples from the Web for idler
A woman's reputation—a thing so lightly thrown away with an idler's word, a Lovelace's smile!Under Two Flags|Ouida [Louise de la Ramee]
So I sat there, in turn wondering if he were honest or a rogue, an adventurer or an idler, a river-man or a fop from Piccadilly.Jewel Mysteries|Max Pemberton
But I tell thee again, thy father shall not portion an idler like thyself and pinch his trade.
I'm neither an idler nor can I become a legalized buccaneer.North of Fifty-Three|Bertrand W. Sinclair
No, you shall smell powder and become a soldier, not an idler.
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.