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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

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

Determine never to be idle. No person will have occasion to complain of the want of time who never loses any. It is wonderful how much may be done if we are always doing.
Thomas Jefferson

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

What is the meaning of 'gossip?' Doesn't it originate with sympathy, an interest in one's neighbor, degenerating into idle curiosity and love of tattling? Which is worse, this habit, or keeping one's self so absorbed intellectually as to forget the sufferings and cares of others, to lose sympathy through having too much to think about?
Lucy Larcom

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