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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


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



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