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idleness

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of idleness

  1. 1 an inclination not to do work or engage in activities <the brothers' innate idleness meant that neither did much, either inside or outside their ramshackle cabin> Synonyms laziness, indolence, inertia, shiftlessness, slothRelated Words apathy, languor, lassitude, lethargy, listlessness, sluggishness, supineness; dallying, goldbricking, loafing, lolling, loungingNear Antonyms ambition, enterprise, go, hustle, initiative; assiduity, assiduousness, diligence, perseverance; animation, briskness, energy, exuberance, jazziness, liveliness, lustiness, pep, peppiness, robustness, sprightliness, vibrancy, vigor, vim, vitality, vivacityAntonyms drive, industriousness, industry

  2. 2 lack of action or activity <a day spent in idleness is nice, but a month of doing nothing is boring!> Synonyms dormancy, inaction, inactivity, inertness, nonaction, quiescenceRelated Words indolence, inertia, languor, lassitude, laziness, lethargy, listlessness, shiftlessness, sleepiness, sloth, sluggishness; dallying, loafing, lolling, loungingNear Antonyms animateness, briskness, exuberance, jazziness, liveliness, peppiness, robustness, sprightliness, vibrancy, vivacity; assiduity, assiduousness, business, diligence, employment, industriousness, industry, occupationAntonyms action, activeness, activity

  3. 3 lack of use <the idleness of the sewing machine was apparent by its thick layer of dust> Synonyms desuetude, disuse, inactivityRelated Words abandonment, desertion, neglect; abeyance, dormancy, latency, quiescenceAntonyms use





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