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definition of the word idle

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Old English īdel, from West Germanic *īdla-. Cognate with Dutch ijdel ‘unimportant’, German eitel ‘bare, worthless’.

idle (comparative more idle, superlative most idle)


more idle

most idle

  1. (obsolete) Empty, vacant.
  2. Not turned to appropriate use; not occupied.
    idle hours
  3. Not engaged in any occupation or employment; unemployed; inactive; doing nothing.
    idle workmen
  4. Averse to work, labor or employment; lazy; slothful.
    an idle fellow
  5. Of no importance; useless; worthless; vain; trifling; thoughtless; silly.
    an idle story; idle talk; idle rumor

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