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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How to use idler in a sentence
We idlers had permission granted us to land and visit the town, in which, however, we found but little to admire.A Woman's Journey Round the World | Ida Pfeiffer
A little crowd of idlers that had gathered was quickly augmenting now, and from some there came a cry of "Shame!"St. Martin's Summer | Rafael Sabatini
Some idlers of the town were the only witnesses—and little did they guess the extent of the tragedy they were witnessing.Mistress Wilding | Rafael Sabatini
Buddhism failed to ennoble the daily occupations of life, and produced drones and idlers and religious vagabonds.Beacon Lights of History, Volume I | John Lord
The notion was simply that the young idlers about town met together to acquire perfection in the arts of bombast and exaggeration.A Cursory History of Swearing | Julian Sharman
British Dictionary definitions for idler
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