[ ahyd-lee ]
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  1. without taking action or showing concern: We cannot stand idly by and let evil prevail!

  2. without apparent purpose or intention; aimlessly: He would tinker idly in his workshop for hours.

  1. in a lazy way; indolently:Neither of them does anything much in life besides live idly or recklessly.

Origin of idly


Other words from idly

  • o·ver·i·dly, adverb
  • un·i·dly, adverb

Words Nearby idly Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

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