Words nearby idler
Definition for idler (2 of 2)
adjective, i·dler, i·dlest.
verb (used without object), i·dled, i·dling.
verb (used with object), i·dled, i·dling.
Origin of idle
SYNONYMS FOR idle
OTHER WORDS FROM idle
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historical usage of idle
One of the senses of the verb idle, “to spend one’s time doing nothing,” dates from the 17th century and is first recorded in Samuel Pepys’ Diary.
The mechanical sense, used of a motor or engine disengaged from its load and operating at a low speed, dates from the 20th century.
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.