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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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.idly - in an idle manner; "this is what I always imagined myself doing in the south of France, sitting idly, drinking coffee, watching the people"

idly

Translations
بِتَكاسُل
líně
dovent
dologtalanul
letilega
aylakçatembelce

idly

[ˈaɪdlɪ] ADV (= in a leisurely way) → ociosamente; (= without doing anything) → sin hacer nada; (= absentmindedly) → distraídamente; (= to pass the time) [chat] → para pasar el rato; (= uselessly) → vanamente, inútilmente
she found it impossible to sit idly at homele resultaba imposible sentarse en casa sin hacer nada
he glanced idly out of the windowmiró distraído por la ventana
I wondered idly if he had meant what he saidme preguntaba inadvertidamente si lo que había dicho iba en serio
to stand or sit idly byestarse de brazos cruzados

idly

[ˈɪdli] adv
(doing nothing) to sit idly → rester assis à ne rien faire, rester les bras croisés
to stand idly by → rester les bras croisés
He said that he would not stand idly by while the dangers increased → Il a déclaré qu'il ne resterait pas les bras croisés alors que le péril s'accroît.
(with no particular purpose) to glance idly at sth → jeter un coup d'œil machinal sur qch
to talk idly about sth → parler de qch pour passer le temps
We talked idly about magazines and baseball → On a parlé de baseball et de magazines pour passer le temps.

idly

adv
(= without working)untätig; (= pleasurably)müßig; to stand idly byuntätig herumstehen
(= lazily)faul, träge
(= abstractedly) watch, toy with sthgedankenverloren; (= without thinking) say, suggestohne sich/mir etc etwas dabei zu denken; I was idly curiousich war irgendwie neugierig
(= vainly) speculatemüßig

idly

[ˈaɪdlɪ] advpigramente
he stood idly by, watching the others working → è rimasto lì senza far niente a guardare gli altri che lavoravano

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.
References in classic literature ?
It was a pictorial sheet, and Jo examined the work of art nearest her, idly wondering what fortuitous concatenation of circumstances needed the melodramatic illustration of an Indian in full war costume, tumbling over a precipice with a wolf at his throat, while two infuriated young gentlemen, with unnaturally small feet and big eyes, were stabbing each other close by, and a disheveled female was flying away in the background with her mouth wide open.
I have killed the man of God and now I will myself be a man and go into the world," he said stoutly as he stopped running and walked rap- idly down a road that followed the windings of Wine Creek as it ran through fields and forests into the west.
Pontellier finally lit a cigar and began to smoke, letting the paper drag idly from his hand.
Then she was attracted by a chaise rapidly passing, and watched its moist and glistening top, and its splashing wheels, until it had turned the corner, and refused to carry any further her idly trifling, because appalled and overburdened, mind.
Nor did she put the question altogether idly, but, for the moment, with a portion of genuine earnestness; for, such was Pearl's wonderful intelligence, that her mother half doubted whether she were not acquainted with the secret spell of her existence, and might not now reveal herself.
The boys assembled at the schoolhouse, and strolled idly about the banks of the brook; but no schoolmaster.
As I kept passing and repassing the filling or woof of marline between the long yarns of the warp, using my own hand for the shuttle, and as Queequeg, standing sideways, ever and anon slid his heavy oaken sword between the threads, and idly looking off upon the water, carelessly and unthinkingly drove home every yarn: I say so strange a dreaminess did there then reign all over the ship and all over the sea, only broken by the intermitting dull sound of the sword, that it seemed as if this were the Loom of Time, and I myself were a shuttle mechanically weaving and weaving away at the Fates.
Rains and spray had damped it; the sun and wind had warped it; all the elements had combined to rot a thing that hung so idly.
In one of them was a woman, in foul rags, who sat on the ground, and would not answer a question or speak a word, but only looked up at us once or twice, through a cobweb of tangled hair, as if to see what casual thing it might be that was disturbing with sound and light the meaningless dull dream that was become her life; after that, she sat bowed, with her dirt-caked fingers idly interlocked in her lap, and gave no further sign.
She pulled a piece of paper towards her, and scribbling idly on it read aloud in a moment or two:--
Go on, my dear friend, till you, and those who, like you, have been saved, so as by fire, from the dark prison- house, shall stereotype these free, illegal pulses into statutes; and New England, cutting loose from a blood-stained Union, shall glory in being the house of refuge for the oppressed,--till we no longer merely "~hide~ the outcast," or make a merit of standing idly by while he is hunted in our midst; but, consecrat- ing anew the soil of the Pilgrims as an asylum for the oppressed, proclaim our WELCOME to the slave so loudly, that the tones shall reach every hut in the Carolinas, and make the broken-hearted bondman leap up at the thought of old Massachusetts.
Instead of at once proceeding to dress herself, she sat idly looking at the two muslin gowns; careless which she wore, and yet inconsistently hesitating which to choose.