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i·dle

 (īd′l)
adj. i·dler, i·dlest
1.
a. Not employed or busy: idle carpenters. See Synonyms at inactive.
b. Disinclined to work or be active; lazy: "a man who could seem idle, ignorant, even incompetent, yet was able to understand and to express ... the instincts, good and bad, of the American majority" (Godfrey Hodgson).
c. Not in use or operation: idle hands; idle mills.
d. Sports Not scheduled to play a game: Both teams played today but will be idle tomorrow.
2. Being a period of time in which there is little or no activity: passed idle hours watching TV.
3. Lacking substance, value, or basis: idle speculation; idle threats. See Synonyms at baseless, vain.
v. i·dled, i·dling, i·dles
v.intr.
1. To pass time without being engaged in purposeful activity: "The girls idled all day long, sending their tinkling laughter flowing up and down the street" (Alai).
2. To move slowly or without purpose: "I drove past the workshop ... I idled along the driveway past the pole fence ... to Tyhee Road" (Tom Spanbauer).
3. To run at a slow speed or out of gear. Used of a motor or motor vehicle.
v.tr.
1. To pass (time) without doing anything: idle the afternoon away.
2. To make or cause to be unemployed or inactive: layoffs that idled 1,000 factory workers; a plant that was idled by a strike.
3. To cause (a motor, for example) to idle.
n.
1. A state of idling. Used of a motor vehicle: an engine running quietly at idle.
2. A mechanism for regulating the speed at which an engine runs at rest: set the idle higher to keep the motor from stalling.

[Middle English idel, from Old English īdel.]

i′dle·ness n.
i′dler (īd′lər) n.
i′dly adv.

idle

(ˈaɪdəl)
adj
1. unemployed or unoccupied; inactive
2. not operating or being used
3. (Banking & Finance) (of money) not being used to earn interest or dividends
4. not wanting to work; lazy
5. (usually prenominal) frivolous or trivial: idle pleasures.
6. ineffective or powerless; fruitless; vain
7. without basis; unfounded
vb
8. (when: tr, often foll by away) to waste or pass (time) fruitlessly or inactively: he idled the hours away.
9. (intr) to loiter or move aimlessly
10. (Mechanical Engineering) (intr) (of a shaft, engine, etc) to turn without doing useful work
11. (Automotive Engineering) (intr) (of an engine) to run at low speed with the transmission disengaged. Also (Brit): tick over
12. (tr) US and Canadian to cause to be inactive or unemployed
[Old English īdel; compare Old High German ītal empty, vain]
ˈidleness n
ˈidly adv

i•dle

(ˈaɪd l)

adj. i•dler, i•dlest, adj.
1. not working or active; unemployed; doing nothing.
2. not filled with activity: idle hours.
3. not in use or operation: idle machinery.
4. habitually doing nothing or avoiding work; lazy.
5. of no real worth, importance, or purpose: idle talk.
6. having no basis or reason; baseless; groundless: idle fears.
7. frivolous; vain: idle pleasures.
8. meaningless; senseless: idle threats.
v.i.
9. to pass time doing nothing.
10. to move or loiter aimlessly.
11. (of a machine, engine, or mechanism) to operate at a low speed, disengaged from the load.
v.t.
12. to pass (time) doing nothing (often fol. by away): to idle away the afternoon.
13. to cause to be idle: The strike idled many workers.
14. to cause (a machine, engine, or mechanism) to idle.
n.
15. the state or quality of being idle.
16. the state of a machine, engine, or mechanism that is idling: an engine at idle.
[before 900; Middle English, Old English īdel empty, trifling, useless, c. Old Frisian īdel, Old Saxon īdal, Old High German ītal]
i′dle•ness, n.
i′dler, n.
i′dly, adv.
syn: idle, indolent, lazy, slothful apply to a person who is not active. idle means to be inactive or not working at a job; it is not necessarily derogatory: pleasantly idle on a vacation. indolent means naturally disposed to avoid exertion: an indolent and contented fisherman. lazy means averse to exertion or work, and esp. to continued application; the word is usu. derogatory: too lazy to earn a living. slothful denotes a reprehensible unwillingness to do one's share; it describes a person who is slow-moving and lacking in energy: The heat made the workers slothful. See also loiter.

idle


Past participle: idled
Gerund: idling

Imperative
idle
idle
Present
I idle
you idle
he/she/it idles
we idle
you idle
they idle
Preterite
I idled
you idled
he/she/it idled
we idled
you idled
they idled
Present Continuous
I am idling
you are idling
he/she/it is idling
we are idling
you are idling
they are idling
Present Perfect
I have idled
you have idled
he/she/it has idled
we have idled
you have idled
they have idled
Past Continuous
I was idling
you were idling
he/she/it was idling
we were idling
you were idling
they were idling
Past Perfect
I had idled
you had idled
he/she/it had idled
we had idled
you had idled
they had idled
Future
I will idle
you will idle
he/she/it will idle
we will idle
you will idle
they will idle
Future Perfect
I will have idled
you will have idled
he/she/it will have idled
we will have idled
you will have idled
they will have idled
Future Continuous
I will be idling
you will be idling
he/she/it will be idling
we will be idling
you will be idling
they will be idling
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been idling
you have been idling
he/she/it has been idling
we have been idling
you have been idling
they have been idling
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been idling
you will have been idling
he/she/it will have been idling
we will have been idling
you will have been idling
they will have been idling
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been idling
you had been idling
he/she/it had been idling
we had been idling
you had been idling
they had been idling
Conditional
I would idle
you would idle
he/she/it would idle
we would idle
you would idle
they would idle
Past Conditional
I would have idled
you would have idled
he/she/it would have idled
we would have idled
you would have idled
they would have idled
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.idle - the state of an engine or other mechanism that is idling; "the car engine was running at idle"
operation - the state of being in effect or being operative; "that rule is no longer in operation"
Verb1.idle - run disconnected or idle; "the engine is idling"
run - be operating, running or functioning; "The car is still running--turn it off!"
2.idle - be idle; exist in a changeless situation; "The old man sat and stagnated on his porch"; "He slugged in bed all morning"
moon around, moon on, moon - be idle in a listless or dreamy way
ride the bench, warm the bench - be out of the game; "Miller was riding the bench in Saturday's game"
moon, daydream - have dreamlike musings or fantasies while awake; "She looked out the window, daydreaming"
bum about, bum around, frig around, fuck off, loaf, loll around, lounge about, lounge around, waste one's time, arse about, arse around, bum, loll - be lazy or idle; "Her son is just bumming around all day"
lie about, lie around - hang around idly; "She did all the work while he lay around"
work - exert oneself by doing mental or physical work for a purpose or out of necessity; "I will work hard to improve my grades"; "she worked hard for better living conditions for the poor"
Adj.1.idle - not in action or at work; "an idle laborer"; "idle drifters"; "the idle rich"; "an idle mind"
ineffective, ineffectual, uneffective - not producing an intended effect; "an ineffective teacher"; "ineffective legislation"
unemployed - not engaged in a gainful occupation; "unemployed workers marched on the capital"
busy - actively or fully engaged or occupied; "busy with her work"; "a busy man"; "too busy to eat lunch"
2.idle - without a basis in reason or fact; "baseless gossip"; "the allegations proved groundless"; "idle fears"; "unfounded suspicions"; "unwarranted jealousy"
unsupported - not sustained or maintained by nonmaterial aid; "unsupported accusations"
3.idle - not in active use; "the machinery sat idle during the strike"; "idle hands"
inactive - lacking activity; lying idle or unused; "an inactive mine"; "inactive accounts"; "inactive machinery"
4.idle - silly or trivial; "idle pleasure"; "light banter"; "light idle chatter"
frivolous - not serious in content or attitude or behavior; "a frivolous novel"; "a frivolous remark"; "a frivolous young woman"
5.idle - lacking a sense of restraint or responsibility; "idle talk"; "a loose tongue"
irresponsible - showing lack of care for consequences; "behaved like an irresponsible idiot"; "hasty and irresponsible action"
6.idle - not yielding a return; "dead capital"; "idle funds"
unprofitable - producing little or no profit or gain; "deposits abandoned by mining companies as unprofitable"
7.idle - not having a job; "idle carpenters"; "jobless transients"; "many people in the area were out of work"
unemployed - not engaged in a gainful occupation; "unemployed workers marched on the capital"

idle

adjective
2. unused, stationary, inactive, out of order, ticking over, gathering dust, mothballed, out of service, out of action or operation Now the machine is lying idle.
verb
1. (often with away) fritter, while, waste, fool, lounge, potter, loaf, dally, loiter, dawdle, laze He idled the time away in dreamy thought.
2. do nothing, slack, hang out (informal), languish, take it easy, shirk, stagnate, mark time, kill time, skive (Brit. slang), vegetate, sit back and do nothing, veg out (slang), kick your heels, bludge (Austral. & N.Z. informal) We spent many hours idling in cafes.
3. drift, wander, meander, coast, float, stray, go aimlessly They idled along looking at things.
4. tick over, in neutral Her limo waited with its engine idling.
Quotations
"As idle as a painted ship"
"Upon a painted ocean" [Samuel Taylor Coleridge The Ancient Mariner]
"It is impossible to enjoy idling thoroughly unless one has plenty of work to do" [Jerome K. Jerome Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow]
"Satan finds some mischief still"
"For idle hands to do" [Isaac Watts Divine Songs for Children]
"We would all be idle if we could" [Samuel Johnson]
"It is better to have loafed and lost than never to have loafed at all" [James Thurber Fables For Our Time]

idle

adjective
1. Marked by a lack of action or activity:
2. Resistant to exertion and activity:
Informal: do-nothing.
Idiom: bone lazy.
3. Not occupied or put to use:
4. Lacking value, use, or substance:
5. Having no basis or foundation in fact:
verb
1. To pass time without working or in avoiding work:
bum (around), laze, loaf, loiter, lounge, shirk.
Slang: diddle, goldbrick, goof (off).
2. To pass (time) without working or in avoiding work.Also used with away:
dawdle (away), fiddle away, kill, trifle away, waste, while (away), wile (away).
3. To cause to cease regular activity:
Idiom: bring to a screeching halt.
Translations
بلا جَدْوى، بلا فائِدَهبلا عَمَل، عاطِلكَسولكَسُولٌلا أساس لَه، لا مُبرِّر له
незает
nečinnýzaháletzbytečnýběžet na prázdnolíný
dovendovnegå i tomganggrundløsindholdsløs
joutavajoutilaslaiska
besposlen
henyenem működőüresen jár
aîgerîalaus; ekki í notkunástæîulausgagnslaus; innantómurí lausagangilatur
何もしない
놀고 있는
be darbodarbo nebuvimasdirbti tuščiąja eiganepagrįstastingiai
dīkslaisksnenodarbinātsnepamatotsslaistīties
zaháľať
lennedelaven
sysslolös
เกียจคร้าน
boşişlemeyenkullanılmazrölantide çalışmaktembel
nhàn rỗi

idle

[ˈaɪdl]
A. ADJ (idler (compar) (idlest (superl)))
1. (= lazy) → perezoso, holgazán, flojo (LAm); (= work-shy) → vago; (= without work) → parado, desocupado; (= inactive) [machine, factory] → parado; [moment] → de ocio, libre
the machine is never idlela máquina no está nunca parada
the reduction in orders made 100 workers idlela caída en el número de pedidos dejó a 100 obreros sin trabajo
to stand idle [factory, machine] → estar parado
2. [fear, speculation] → infundado; [threat] → vano
he is not one to indulge in idle boasting/speculationno es de los que se da a fanfarronear/especular porque sí
we sat making idle conversationpasamos el rato sentados charlando
I asked out of idle curiositylo pregunté por pura curiosidad
it's just idle gossipno es más que cotilleo
this is no idle threatno es ésta una amenaza hecha a la ligera
B. VI
1.haraganear, gandulear
we spent a few days idling in Parispasamos unos días ociosos en París
we idled over our mealcomimos con calma
2. (Tech) [engine] → marchar en vacío
idling speedvelocidad f de marcha en vacío
C. CPD idle capacity N (Comm) → capacidad f sin utilizar
idle money N (Comm) → capital m improductivo
idle time N (Comm) → tiempo m de paro
idle away VT + ADV [+ time] → desperdiciar, echar a perder
he idles away his days in the gardense pasa las horas muertas en el jardín

idle

[ˈaɪdəl]
adj
(= unoccupied) → désœuvré(e)
It is not his nature to be idle → Ce n'est pas dans sa nature d'être désœuvré.
(= lazy) → paresseux/euse
Women thought men idle good-for-nothings → Les femmes considéraient les hommes comme des bons à rien paresseux.
(= enjoying a leisurely lifestyle) → oisif/ive
idle bureaucrats who spend the day reading newspapers → des bureaucrates oisifs qui passent leur journée à lire le journal
(= unemployed) → au chômage
[factory, machinery] → au repos
to lie idle [factory, machinery] → rester à l'arrêt
to stand idle [factory, machinery] → demeurer à l'arrêt
(= inconsequential) [question, pleasures] → vain(e), futile; [talk, gossip] → oiseux/euse; [threat] → vain(e)
He hasn't time for idle gossip → Il n'a pas de temps à perdre en bavardages oiseux.
This is no idle threat → Ce n'est pas une vaine menace.
an idle boast → une fanfaronnade
His statement isn't merely an idle boast → Sa déclaration n'est pas qu'une fanfaronnade.
idle curiosity → simple curiosité
out of idle curiosity → par simple curiosité
vi [engine] → tourner au ralenti
idle away
vt sep
to idle away one's time → passer son temps à ne rien faire
to idle away the time → passer le temps
He idled the time away in dreamy thought → Il passait le temps à rêver.

idle

adj
(= not working) personmüßig, untätig; momentruhig; the idle richdie reichen Müßiggänger; in my idle momentsin ruhigen or stillen Augenblicken; idle lifefaules Leben; idle money, money lying idletotes or brachliegendes Kapital; we don’t want to let the money lie idlewir wollen das Geld nicht ungenutzt liegen lassen; his car was lying idle most of the timesein Auto stand meistens unbenutzt herum
(= lazy)faul, träge
(in industry) personunbeschäftigt; machinestillstehend attr, → stillliegend attr, → außer Betrieb; 500 men have been made idle by the strikedurch den Streik mussten 500 Leute ihre Arbeit einstellen; the whole factory stood idledie ganze Fabrik hatte die Arbeit eingestellt; the machine stood idledie Maschine stand still or arbeitete nicht or war außer Betrieb; idle capacityfreie or brachliegende Kapazität
promise, threat, wordsleer; speculation, talkmüßig; remarkbeiläufig; idle boastbloße Angeberei; idle curiositypure or bloße Neugier; idle feargrundlose or unbegründete Angst; idle wishWunschtraum m; the idle pleasures of this worldly lifedie eitlen Vergnügungen dieses Erdenlebens
(= useless) it would be idle to go on tryinges wäre nutzlos or zwecklos, (es) weiter zu versuchen
vi
(person)untätig sein, faulenzen, nichts tun; a day spent idling on the riverein Tag, den man untätig auf dem Wasser verbringt
(engine)leerlaufen; when the engine is idlingwenn der Motor im Leerlauf ist

idle

[ˈaɪdl]
1. adj (-r (comp) (-st (superl)))
a. (lazy, student) → pigro/a, poltrone/a; (inactive, machine, factory, workers) → inattivo/a; (unemployed, worker) → disoccupato/a
the idle rich → i ricchi sfaccendati
in my idle moments → nei miei momenti liberi
an idle life → una vita d'ozio
to stand or lie idle (factory, machine) → rimaner fermo/a or inattivo/a
b. (fear, speculation) → infondato/a; (gossip, pleasures) → futile; (question) → ozioso/a; (threat) → campato/a in aria
out of idle curiosity → per pura curiosità
2. vi (person) → oziare; (engine) → girare al minimo
idle away vt + adv (time) → sprecare, buttar via

idle

(ˈaidl) adjective
1. not working; not in use. ships lying idle in the harbour.
2. lazy. He has work to do, but he's idle and just sits around.
3. having no effect or result. idle threats.
4. unnecessary; without good reason or foundation. idle fears; idle gossip.
verb
1. to be idle or do nothing. On holiday they just idled from morning till night.
2. of an engine etc, to run gently without doing any work. They kept the car engine idling while they checked their position with the map.
ˈidler noun
a lazy person.
ˈidleness noun
ˈidly adverb
idle away
to spend (time) doing nothing. idling the hours away.

idle

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References in classic literature ?
He was nice in his eating, uncertain in his hours; fond of his child, though affecting to slight it; and idled away the mornings at billiards, which ought to have been devoted to business.
Neptune was already unsubstantial in the twilight, half god, half ghost, and his fountain plashed dreamily to the men and satyrs who idled together on its marge.
I spent long hours in the Louvre, the most friendly of all galleries and the most convenient for meditation; or idled on the quays, fingering second-hand books that I never meant to buy.
Again I followed the woodland paths along which I had once idled so happily with my little Mary.
Arnold and the other guests had idled out again on to the lawn.
After June all the little Court Society of Pumpernickel used to separate, according to the German plan, and make for a hundred watering-places, where they drank at the wells, rode upon donkeys, gambled at the redoutes if they had money and a mind, rushed with hundreds of their kind to gourmandise at the tables d'hote, and idled away the summer.
So they idled their way north up the broad, fertile valley, so happy that they forgot that work was ever necessary, while the valley of the moon was a golden dream, remote, but sure, some day of realization.