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idle

idle - Dictionary definition and meaning for word idle

Definition
(noun) the state of an engine or other mechanism that is idling
Example Sentence
  • the car engine was running at idle

Definition
(verb) run disconnected or idle
Synonyms : tick over
Example Sentence
  • the engine is idling

Definition
(verb) be idle; exist in a changeless situation
Synonyms : laze , slug , stagnate
Example Sentence
  • The old man sat and stagnated on his porch
  • He slugged in bed all morning

Definition
(adj) not in action or at work
Example Sentence
  • an idle laborer
  • idle drifters
  • the idle rich
  • an idle mind

Definition
(adj) without a basis in reason or fact
Example Sentence
  • baseless gossip
  • the allegations proved groundless
  • idle fears
  • unfounded suspicions
  • unwarranted jealousy

Definition
(adj) not in active use
Synonyms : unused
Example Sentence
  • the machinery sat idle during the strike
  • idle hands

Definition
(adj) silly or trivial
Synonyms : light
Example Sentence
  • idle pleasure
  • light banter
  • light idle chatter

Definition
(adj) lacking a sense of restraint or responsibility
Synonyms : loose
Example Sentence
  • idle talk
  • a loose tongue

Definition
(adj) not yielding a return
Synonyms : dead
Example Sentence
  • dead capital
  • idle funds

Definition
(adj) not having a job
Synonyms : jobless , out of work
Example Sentence
  • idle carpenters
  • jobless transients
  • many people in the area were out of work

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