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Definition idle


From Middle English idel, ydel, from Old English īdel, from Proto-Germanic *īdalaz. Cognate with Dutch ijdel (“vain, meaningless”), German Low German iedel (“vain, idle”), German eitel (“vain, conceited”), and possibly Old Norse illr ("bad"; > English ill).


idle (comparative more idle, superlative most idle)

  1. (obsolete) Empty, vacant.
  2. Not being used appropriately; not occupied; (of time) with no, no important, or not much activity.
  3. Not engaged in any occupation or employment; unemployed; inactive; doing nothing in particular.
  4. Averse to work, labor or employment; lazy; slothful.
  5. Of no importance; useless; worthless; vain; trifling; thoughtless; silly.
  6. (obsolete) Light-headed; foolish.


idle (third-person singular simple present idles, present participle idling, simple past and past participle idled)

  1. (transitive) To spend in idleness; to waste; to consume.
  2. (intransitive) To lose or spend time doing nothing, or without being employed in business.
  3. (intransitive) Of an engine: to run at a slow speed, or out of gear; to tick over.


idle (plural idles)

  1. (gaming) An idle animation.
  2. (gaming) An idle game.

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