idle definition

  • adjective:
    • Not used or hectic: idle carpenters. See Synonyms at inactive.
    • preventing work or employment; lazy: shiftless, idle youth. See Synonyms at lazy.
    • Not in use or procedure: idle fingers.
    • poor compound, value, or foundation. See Synonyms at baseless, vain.
    • Empty, vacant.
    • perhaps not looked to proper usage; perhaps not occupied.
    • perhaps not involved with any career or work; unemployed; sedentary; doing nothing.
    • Averse to the office, labor or employment; lazy; slothful.
    • Of no relevance; useless; useless; vain; trifling; thoughtless; silly.
    • Of no-account; worthless; vain; trifling; unprofitable; thoughtless; silly; barren.
    • maybe not called into energetic service; perhaps not looked to proper use; unemployed.
    • maybe not employed; unoccupied with company; sedentary; performing nothing.
    • provided remainder and convenience; averse to labor or employment; sluggish; slothful.
    • Light-headed; silly.
    • lacking a feeling of restraint or duty
    • maybe not for action or at the office
    • without having a job
    • perhaps not producing a return
    • without a basis in explanation or reality
    • perhaps not in active use
    • absurd or trivial
  • verb-intransitive:
    • to pass through time without working or while preventing work.
    • to maneuver lazily and without function.
    • to perform at a slow speed or off gear. Used of a motor vehicle.
    • To lose or spend some time in inaction, or without getting used in business.
  • verb-transitive:
    • To pass (time) without working or while avoiding work; waste: idle the afternoon away.
    • to produce or cause to be unemployed or sedentary.
    • resulting in (a motor, including) to idle.
    • to invest in idleness; to waste; to eat; -- usually followed closely by away.
  • noun:
    • circumstances of idling. Applied of a motor vehicle: an engine running quietly at idle.
    • A mechanism for controlling the rate of which an engine works at rest: set the idle higher to help keep the engine from stalling.
    • Idleness; indolence.
    • An indolent person.
    • hawaii of an engine or any other mechanism this is certainly idling
  • verb:
    • To spend in idleness; to waste; to consume.
    • to get rid of or spend some time performing nothing, or without being used in company.
    • Of an engine: to perform at a slow speed, or away from gear; to tick over.
    • be idle; occur in a changeless circumstance
    • run disconnected or idle
  • others:
    • Empty; vacant; not occupied: because, idle hours.
    • maybe not involved with any profession or employment; unemployed; sedentary; performing absolutely nothing.
    • In a state of disuse; staying unused.
    • Useless; ineffectual; vain; bootless; unavailing; useless: since, idle trend.
    • Of no importance; insignificant; irrelevant; flippant; useless; unprofitable: since, an idle story.
    • Acting idly or unconcernedly; reckless; indifferent.
    • Slothful; directed at remainder and ease; averse to labor; sluggish: because, an idle fellow.
    • Wandering in your mind; light-headed: an occasional use in old plays.
    • to blow or waste time in inaction or without work.
    • to invest in idleness; waste: generally followed by away: as, to idle away time.
    • Of machinery, doing no direct work; just switching the direction of movement: because, an idle equipment; also, working simply to carry transmission-elements: because, an idle pulley (which see).

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