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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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