Definition of "idle" [i•dle]

  • (adjective) Not employed or busy: idle carpenters. See Synonyms at inactive.
  • (adjective) Avoiding work or employment; lazy: shiftless, idle youth. See Synonyms at lazy.
  • (adjective) Not in use or operation: idle hands.
  • (adjective) Lacking substance, value, or basis. See Synonyms at baseless, vain.
  • (verb-intransitive) To pass time without working or while avoiding work.

Use "idle" in a sentence

  • "He is free to believe in his own beliefs which, according to Tusar, do not include the Vedic myths or what he calls the idle intellectual approximations of the Avatar."
  • "The marquis privately reproved his daughters, for what he termed the idle fancies of a weak mind; and desired them no more to disturb the peace of the castle with the subject of their late fears."
  • "His wife often admonished him of the danger of tampering with the deadly vice of intemperance; but he only laughed at what he termed her idle fears."

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