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Adjective
Not operating or being used
“The old printer has been idle for months.”
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Not functional or operational
“The machines are sitting idle with the ground so wet they cannot work.”
Adjective
Doing nothing in particular
“They be worse than idle men indeed, for that they seek to have wages for their loitering.”
Adjective
Not easily motivated to action or work
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“They always claim to work hard, but in truth, they're nothing but lazy idle sluggards!”
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Not engaged in any occupation or employment
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“My son is idle at the moment, looking for work if you have any.”
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(of time) Characterized by inaction or absence of significant activity
“During idle moments, he'll sit straight-backed on a boulder and write in his field book.”
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Frivolous or trivial in nature
“Their culture consists of spending much of their time engaged in idle gossip.”
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Ineffective or useless
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“Stuyvesant may have recalled this phrase, which at the time probably seemed nothing but an idle threat.”
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Spent in a bad way, squandered
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Not based on fact
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Having no meaning or purpose
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Silly in a childish way
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No longer in use
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Closed by a strike
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Having or showing no intelligence or interest
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Relating to or living the life of a vagrant
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Forgetful or careless due to distraction
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Seemingly well-reasoned, plausible or true, but actually fallacious
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Not having physical existence
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Accepting or allowing what happens or what others do, without active response or resistance
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Such as one may avail oneself of for meetings with other individuals
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To laze around, mostly doing nothing
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“We want to enjoy the Caribbean island life and idle by the beach.”
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To pass or spend (time) in idleness
“Many mothers called their sons home to either work on the land or merely idle their time away.”
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To move aimlessly or lazily
“He wanted to idle along the embankments and see the flowers growing in the coarse grass.”
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To cause (an engine) to idle
“She let the big black truck idle for a moment before turning it off.”
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To relax or be at ease
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To stop operating
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To think deeply about something that makes one unhappy, angry, or worried
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To make inactive
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To render motionless
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Waste time, money, or energy on trifling matters
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Adverb
(of time) Spent away from work or other duties
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