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idle

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of idle

  1. 1 not being in a state of use, activity, or employment the car was idle for two weeks while they went on vacation Synonyms of idle dead, dormant, fallow, free, inactive, inert, inoperative, latent, off, unused, vacantWords Related to idle abeyant, arrested, interrupted, suspended; unoccupied; asleep, comatose, lifeless, moribund, quiescent, sleepy; inoperable, unusable, unworkable, useless; dull, slowNear Antonyms of idle functional, operable, operational, workable; assiduous, industrious, sedulous; energetic, vigorous; feasible, practical, usable (also useable), useful, viableAntonyms of idle active, alive, busy, employed, functioning, going, living, on, operating, operative, running, working

  2. 2 not easily aroused to action or work an idle employee who always seems to be either on break or at lunch Synonyms of idle lazy, indolent, shiftless, slothfulWords Related to idle apathetic, drowsy, dull, inert, languorous, lazyish, lethargic, listless, quiescent, sleepy, sluggish, supine, torpidNear Antonyms of idle ambitious, diligent, enterprising, zealous; active, animated, bouncing, brisk, dynamic, energetic, exuberant, frisky, jaunty, jazzy, lively, peppy, perky, pert, snappy, spirited, sprightly, springy, vigorous, vivacious, zippyAntonyms of idle industrious

Synonym Discussion of idle

vain, nugatory, otiose, idle, empty, hollow mean being without worth or significance. vain implies either absolute or relative absence of value.
    • vain promises
nugatory suggests triviality or insignificance.
    • a monarch with nugatory powers
otiose suggests that something serves no purpose and is either an encumbrance or a superfluity.
    • a film without a single otiose scene
idle suggests being incapable of worthwhile use or effect.
    • idle speculations
empty and hollow suggest a deceiving lack of real substance or soundness or genuineness.
    • an empty attempt at reconciliation
    • a hollow victory

idle

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of idle

  1. to spend time doing nothing she likes to idle during the summer, maintaining that there's a lot to be said for sloth Synonyms of idle bum, chill, dally, dawdle, dillydally, drone, footle, goof (off), hack (around), hang (around or out), hang about [British], kick around, kick back, laze, lazy, loaf, loll, lounge, veg out Words Related to idle fiddle (around), fool, mess, monkey, muck, piddle, play, potter (around), putter (around), trifle; doze, estivate (also aestivate), hibernate; lag, linger, loiter, poke, relax, rest, tarry; amble, mosey, saunter, stroll, swan; furlough, goldbrick, malinger, truant Phrases kill time, twiddle one's thumbs Near Antonyms of idle drudge, grind, grub, hump, hustle, labor, moil, peg, plod, plow, plug, slave, sweat, toil, travail, work; apply, buckle (down); exert, put out

Synonym Discussion of idle

idle, loaf, lounge, loll, laze mean to spend time doing nothing. idle may be used in reference to persons that move lazily or without purpose.
    • idled the day away
loaf suggests either resting or wandering about as though there were nothing to do.
    • she does her work and then loafs the rest of the day
lounge, though occasionally used as equal to idle or loaf, typically conveys an additional implication of resting or reclining against a support or of physical comfort and ease in relaxation.
    • he lounged against the wall
loll also carries an implication of a posture similar to that of lounge, but places greater stress upon an indolent or relaxed attitude.
    • lolling on the couch
laze usually implies the relaxation of a busy person enjoying a vacation or moments of leisure.
    • lazed about between appointments


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