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Meaning & Definition of Idle in English

English

Idle

/aɪdəl/

noun

1. The state of an engine or other mechanism that is idling

  • "The car engine was running at idle"
    synonym:
  • idle

verb

1. Run disconnected or idle

  • "The engine is idling"
    synonym:
  • idle
  • ,
  • tick over

2. Be idle

  • Exist in a changeless situation
  • "The old man sat and stagnated on his porch"
  • "He slugged in bed all morning"
    synonym:
  • idle
  • ,
  • laze
  • ,
  • slug
  • ,
  • stagnate

adjective

1. Not in action or at work

  • "An idle laborer"
  • "Idle drifters"
  • "The idle rich"
  • "An idle mind"
    synonym:
  • idle

2. Without a basis in reason or fact

  • "Baseless gossip"
  • "The allegations proved groundless"
  • "Idle fears"
  • "Unfounded suspicions"
  • "Unwarranted jealousy"
    synonym:
  • baseless
  • ,
  • groundless
  • ,
  • idle
  • ,
  • unfounded
  • ,
  • unwarranted
  • ,
  • wild

3. Not in active use

  • "The machinery sat idle during the strike"
  • "Idle hands"
    synonym:
  • idle
  • ,
  • unused

4. Silly or trivial

  • "Idle pleasure"
  • "Light banter"
  • "Light idle chatter"
    synonym:
  • idle
  • ,
  • light

5. Lacking a sense of restraint or responsibility

  • "Idle talk"
  • "A loose tongue"
    synonym:
  • idle
  • ,
  • loose

6. Not yielding a return

  • "Dead capital"
  • "Idle funds"
    synonym:
  • dead
  • ,
  • idle

7. Not having a job

  • "Idle carpenters"
  • "Jobless transients"
  • "Many people in the area were out of work"
    synonym:
  • idle
  • ,
  • jobless
  • ,
  • out of work

Examples of using

The factory has been lying idle for a year.
You must not idle away.