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
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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.
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The former politicians offer a variety of reasons for idling their campaign riches instead of giving them away.Ex-Politicians Keeping $100 Million in Private Slush Funds|Dave Levinthal, Center for Public Integrity|May 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I walked behind the idling swing and gave it a gentle puff of a push.
On Sept. 5, Saad Al-Hilli, 50, his wife, Iqbal, 47, and her mother, Suhaila Al-Allaf, 74, were found dead in their idling BMW.
The car, with United Kingdom license plates, was idling and locked from the inside.
A group of masked assassins on motorcycles pulls up to an idling car.
The next morning I awoke with a conviction that I had been idling too long.A Mountain Woman and Others|(AKA Elia Wilkinson) Elia W. Peattie
I'm idling here, as you may see, without one copper piece in my pocket to rub against another.The Fallen Leaves|Wilkie Collins
If you have but an hour, will you improve that hour, instead of idling it away?The PG Edition of Chesterfield's Letters to His Son|The Earl of Chesterfield
It was not seemly for them to be idling in the drawing-rooms.Halcyone|Elinor Glyn
It was the habit of that animal, when his services were not in immediate requisition, to go out alone, idling.The Uncommercial Traveller|Charles Dickens