Associations to the word «Idle»


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

In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.
Martin Luther King, Jr.