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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.
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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"
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idly

Collins Thesaurus of the English Language – Complete and Unabridged 2nd Edition. 2002 © HarperCollins Publishers 1995, 2002
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
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

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.
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

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
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007

idly

[ˈaɪdlɪ] advpigramente
he stood idly by, watching the others working → è rimasto lì senza far niente a guardare gli altri che lavoravano
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

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.
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