HyperDic: idle

English > 10 senses of the word idle:
ADJECTIVEallidlenot in action or at work
allidle, baseless, groundless, unfounded, unwarranted, wildwithout a basis in reason or fact
allidle, unusednot in active use
allidle, lightsilly or trivial
allidle, looselacking a sense of restraint or responsibility
allidle, deadnot yielding a return
allidle, jobless, out of worknot having a job
VERBcontactidle, tick overrun disconnected or idle
socialidle, laze, slug, stagnatebe idle
NOUNstateidlethe state of an engine or other mechanism that is idling
idle > pronunciation
Soundsay'dahl
Rhymesabdominal ... zoological: 2115 rhymes with ahl...
English > idle: 10 senses > adjective 1
Meaningnot in action or at work.
Examples
  • "an idle laborer"
  • "idle drifters"
  • "the idle rich"
  • "an idle mind"
Narrowerbone-idle, bone-lazyconstitutionally lazy or idle
faineant, indolent, lazy, otiose, slothful, work-shydisinclined to work or exertion
lackadaisicalidle or indolent especially in a dreamy way
leisuredFree from duties or responsibilities
unengagednot busy or occupied
See alsoineffective, uneffective, ineffectualnot producing an intended effect
unemployednot engaged in a gainful occupation
Oppositebusyactively or fully engaged or occupied
Spanishdesempleado, desocupado, parado
Catalanaturat, desocupat, parat
Nounsidlenessthe trait of being idle out of a reluctance to work
Adverbsidlyin an idle manner
English > idle: 10 senses > adjective 2
MeaningWithout a basis in reason or fact.
Example "idle fears"
Synonymsbaseless, groundless, unfounded, unwarranted, wild
Broaderunsupportednot sustained or maintained by nonmaterial aid
Spanishinfundada, infundado
Catalanimmotivat, infundat
Nounsidlenessthe quality of lacking substance or value
English > idle: 10 senses > adjective 3
Meaningnot in active use.
Examples
  • "the machinery sat idle during the strike"
  • "idle hands"
Synonymunused
Broaderinactivelacking activity
Spanishparado
Catalanaturat, parat
Nounsidlenesshaving no employment / employment
English > idle: 10 senses > adjective 4
MeaningSilly or trivial.
Examples
  • "idle pleasure"
  • "light idle chatter"
Synonymlight
Broaderfrivolousnot serious in content or attitude or behavior
English > idle: 10 senses > adjective 5
Meaninglacking a sense of restraint or responsibility.
Example"idle talk"
Synonymloose
Broaderirresponsibleshowing lack of care for consequences
Spanishinsustancial
English > idle: 10 senses > adjective 6
Meaningnot yielding a return.
Example "idle funds"
Synonymdead
Broaderunprofitableproducing little or no profit or gain
Spanishdesocupado, muerto
English > idle: 10 senses > adjective 7
Meaningnot having a job.
Example"idle carpenters"
Synonymsjobless, out of work
Broaderunemployednot engaged in a gainful occupation
Spanishdesempleado, inempleado, parado
Nounsidlenesshaving no employment / employment
English > idle: 10 senses > noun 1, state
MeaningThe state of an engine or other mechanism that is idling.
Example"the car engine was running at idle"
BroaderoperationThe state of being in effect or being operative
English > idle: 10 senses > verb 1, contact
MeaningRun disconnected or idle.
PatternSomething ----s
Synonymtick over
OppositerunBe operating, running or functioning
English > idle: 10 senses > verb 2, social
MeaningBe idle; exist in a changeless situation.
PatternSomebody ----s
Synonymslaze, slug, stagnate
Narrowerbum, bum around, bum about, arse around, arse about, fuck off, loaf, frig around, waste one's time, lounge around, loll, loll around, lounge aboutBe lazy or idle
daydream, moonHave dreamlike musings or fantasies while awake
lie about, lie aroundhang around idly
moon, moon around, moon onBe idle in a listless or dreamy way
ride the bench, warm the benchBe out of the game / game / game
OppositeworkExert oneself by doing mental or physical work for a purpose or out of necessity
Spanishgandulear, haraganear, holgazanear
Catalangandulejar, mandrejar
Nounsidlerperson who does no work
idlinghaving no employment / employment

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