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1 not being in a state of use, activity, or employment
  • the car was idle for two weeks while they went on vacation
  • the company's competitors have not been idle in developing rival products

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2 not easily aroused to action or work
  • an idle employee who always seems to be either on break or at lunch

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idle

verb

Synonyms & Antonyms of idle (Entry 2 of 2)

to spend time doing nothing
  • she likes to idle during the summer and recharge herself for the fall semester
  • we idled away the evening relaxing around the campfire

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Adjective

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

Verb

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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The first known use of idle was before the 12th century

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“Idle.” The Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/idle. Accessed 22 January 2020.

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