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Definition of 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

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.

Reputation is an idle and most false imposition; oft got without merit, and lost without deserving.
William Shakespeare

Always plenty to do. Cannot well be idle and believe will rather wear out than rust out.
Henry J. Heinz

If any person wish to be idle, let them fall in love.

As we must account for every idle word, so must we account for every idle silence.
Benjamin Franklin
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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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