Associations to the word «Idle»

Wiktionary

IDLE, adjective. (obsolete) Empty, vacant.
IDLE, adjective. Not turned to appropriate use; not occupied.
IDLE, adjective. Not engaged in any occupation or employment; unemployed; inactive; doing nothing.
IDLE, adjective. Averse to work, labor or employment; lazy; slothful.
IDLE, adjective. Of no importance; useless; worthless; vain; trifling; thoughtless; silly.
IDLE, adjective. (obsolete) Light-headed; foolish.
IDLE, verb. (transitive) To spend in idleness; to waste; to consume.
IDLE, verb. (intransitive) To lose or spend time doing nothing, or without being employed in business.
IDLE, verb. (intransitive) Of an engine: to run at a slow speed, or out of gear; to tick over.

Dictionary definition

IDLE, noun. The state of an engine or other mechanism that is idling; "the car engine was running at idle".
IDLE, verb. Run disconnected or idle; "the engine is idling".
IDLE, verb. Be idle; exist in a changeless situation; "The old man sat and stagnated on his porch"; "He slugged in bed all morning".
IDLE, adjective. Not in action or at work; "an idle laborer"; "idle drifters"; "the idle rich"; "an idle mind".
IDLE, adjective. Without a basis in reason or fact; "baseless gossip"; "the allegations proved groundless"; "idle fears"; "unfounded suspicions"; "unwarranted jealousy".
IDLE, adjective. Not in active use; "the machinery sat idle during the strike"; "idle hands".
IDLE, adjective. Silly or trivial; "idle pleasure"; "light banter"; "light idle chatter".
IDLE, adjective. Lacking a sense of restraint or responsibility; "idle talk"; "a loose tongue".
IDLE, adjective. Not yielding a return; "dead capital"; "idle funds".
IDLE, adjective. Not having a job; "idle carpenters"; "jobless transients"; "many people in the area were out of work".

Wise words

Words - so innocent and powerless as they are, as standing in a dictionary, how potent for good and evil they become in the hands of one who knows how to combine them.
Nathaniel Hawthorne