Definition of "idled" []

  • Unemployed or unoccupied; inactive (adjective)
  • Not operating or being used (adjective)
  • (of money) not being used to earn interest or dividends (adjective)
  • Not wanting to work; lazy (adjective)
  • Frivolous or trivial (adjective)
  • Ineffective or powerless; fruitless; vain (adjective)
  • Without basis; unfounded (adjective)
  • To waste or pass (time) fruitlessly or inactively (verb)
  • To loiter or move aimlessly (verb)
  • (of a shaft, engine, etc) to turn without doing useful work (verb)
  • (of an engine) to run at low speed with the transmission disengaged (verb)
  • To cause to be inactive or unemployed (verb)
  • Simple past tense and past participle of idle. (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016 : Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License

Use "idled" in a sentence
  • "When the prairie droughts of the late 80s and early 90s ended and rains came to the Midwest, wetland basins in idled grass fields made excellent waterfowl nesting habitat and duck populations came back as well."
  • "His sword idled by temporary peace, an ancient legend may yet gain him the Throne."
  • "Borealis Carbon is a consortium of employee-owned-and-operated businesses anticipating reduced demand for their professional services from the forest industry, not "idled" mill or forestry operations workers."