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Definition of Idle

Idle

  1. Of no account; useless; vain; trifling; unprofitable; thoughtless; silly; barren.
  2. Not called into active service; not turned to appropriate use; unemployed; as, idle hours.
  3. Not employed; unoccupied with business; inactive; doing nothing; as, idle workmen.
  4. Given rest and ease; averse to labor or employment; lazy; slothful; as, an idle fellow.
  5. Light-headed; foolish.
  6. To lose or spend time in inaction, or without being employed in business.
  7. To spend in idleness; to waste; to consume; -- often followed by away; as, to idle away an hour a day.

Idle Quotations

It is the working man who is the happy man. It is the idle man who is the miserable man.
Benjamin Franklin

To be idle is a short road to death and to be diligent is a way of life; foolish people are idle, wise people are diligent.
Buddha

Not only our future economic soundness but the very soundness of our democratic institutions depends on the determination of our government to give employment to idle men.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

In theory, people would pick progression every time over being idle. But if you look at us as a culture, as a people, you would say that if you get up at five o'clock in the morning, eat your breakfast, go to work, make money, pay your bills, you're progressing, when you're still doing what's comfortable.
Q-Tip

Sit in reverie and watch the changing color of the waves that break upon the idle seashore of the mind.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Idle Translations

idle in Italian is pigro, ozioso, passivo
idle in Norwegian is drive dank, doven, uvirksom
idle in Spanish is perezoso, pasivo, ocioso
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