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idle

adjective (a)

  • not in action or at work (adj.all)
    Antonym: busy
    Example:
    An idle laborer.
    Idle drifters.
    The idle rich.
    An idle mind.
    source: wordnet30
  • Of no account; useless; vain; trifling; unprofitable; thoughtless; silly; barren. (adjective)
    source: webster1913

noun (n)

  • the state of an engine or other mechanism that is idling (noun.state)
    Example:
    The car engine was running at idle.
    source: wordnet30

adjective satellite (s)

  • without a basis in reason or fact (adj.all)
    Example:
    Idle fears.
    source: wordnet30
  • not in active use (adj.all)
    Synonym: unused
    Example:
    The machinery sat idle during the strike.
    Idle hands.
    source: wordnet30
  • silly or trivial (adj.all)
    Synonym: light
    Example:
    Idle pleasure.
    Light idle chatter.
    source: wordnet30
  • lacking a sense of restraint or responsibility (adj.all)
    Synonym: loose
    Example:
    Idle talk.
    source: wordnet30
  • not yielding a return (adj.all)
    Synonym: dead
    Example:
    Idle funds.
    source: wordnet30
  • not having a job (adj.all)
    Synonym: jobless, out of work
    Example:
    Idle carpenters.
    source: wordnet30

verb (v)

  • run disconnected or idle (verb.contact)
    Synonym: tick over
    Antonym: run
    source: wordnet30
  • be idle; exist in a changeless situation (verb.social)
    Synonym: laze, slug, stagnate
    Antonym: work
    source: wordnet30
  • To lose or spend time in inaction, or without being employed in business. (verb)
    source: webster1913
  • To spend in idleness; to waste; to consume; -- often followed by away; as, to idle away an hour a day. (verb)
    source: webster1913

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