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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)

Positive
idle

Comparative
more idle

Superlative
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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