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idly

[ ahyd-lee ]
/ ˈaɪd li /
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adverb
without taking action or showing concern: We cannot stand idly by and let evil prevail!
without apparent purpose or intention; aimlessly: He would tinker idly in his workshop for hours.
in a lazy way; indolently: Neither of them does anything much in life besides live idly or recklessly.
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Origin of idly

OTHER WORDS FROM idly

o·ver·i·dly, adverbun·i·dly, adverb
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