What is another word for idle?

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Adjective
Ineffective or useless
“So he did something that for the rest of us is merely an idle threat.”
Adjective
Not operating or being used
“The machines are sitting idle with the ground so wet they cannot work.”
Adjective
Not easily aroused to action or work
“They always claim to work hard, but in truth they're nothing but lazy idle sluggards!”
Adjective
Not engaged in any occupation or employment
“Personally, I don't have a boss, and I like to let my contacts know when I am idle - usually means I am on the phone or otherwise busy.”
Adjective
Empty, vacant
“Although it seemed like he had gotten over it quickly it still plagued him at idle moments.”
Adjective
Frivolous or trivial
“Their culture is to earn more by using less fuel, doing less labour, and carrying fewer passengers, and spend the rest of the time in idle gossip.”
Verb
To spend in idleness
“As well, the frequency of idling appears to decrease as a person ages - a retiree is the least likely to idle.”
Verb
To tick over
“She let the big black truck idle for a moment before turning it off.”
Verb
Move aimlessly or lazily
“He picked up well and Johnny said he idled when he hit the front.”
Verb
Verb
To spend in idleness
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