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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 dead, dormant, fallow, free, inactive, inert, inoperative, latent, off, unused, vacantRelated Words abeyant, arrested, interrupted, suspended; unoccupied; asleep, comatose, lifeless, moribund, quiescent, sleepy; inoperable, unusable, unworkable, useless; dull, slowNear Antonyms functional, operable, operational, workable; assiduous, industrious, sedulous; energetic, vigorous; feasible, practical, usable (also useable), useful, viableAntonyms 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 lazy, indolent, shiftless, slothfulRelated Words apathetic, drowsy, dull, inert, languorous, lazyish, lethargic, listless, quiescent, sleepy, sluggish, supine, torpidNear Antonyms 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 industrious


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 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 Related Words 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 drudge, grind, grub, hump, hustle, labor, moil, peg, plod, plow, plug, slave, sweat, toil, travail, work; apply, buckle (down); exert, put out


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