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Synonyms for idle
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Princeton's WordNet

  1. idle(adj)

    the state of an engine or other mechanism that is idling

    "the car engine was running at idle"

    Antonyms:
    overbusy, toiling, busy, profitable, responsible, at work(p), laboring, occupied, up to, labouring, drudging, active, engaged, supported, tied up(p), serious, employed, run, work

  2. idle(adj)

    not in action or at work

    "an idle laborer"; "idle drifters"; "the idle rich"; "an idle mind"

    Synonyms:
    groundless, loose, baseless, jobless, out of work, wild, light, dead, unused, unwarranted, unfounded

    Antonyms:
    occupied, overbusy, busy, up to, engaged, drudging, tied up(p), serious, employed, toiling, profitable, laboring, active, at work(p), labouring, supported, responsible, work, run

  3. baseless, groundless, idle, unfounded, unwarranted, wild(adj)

    without a basis in reason or fact

    "baseless gossip"; "the allegations proved groundless"; "idle fears"; "unfounded suspicions"; "unwarranted jealousy"

    Synonyms:
    insupportable, jobless, gaga, raging, violent, untamed, unfounded, unwarrantable, dead, out of work, hazardous, tempestuous, undue, indefensible, godforsaken, dotty, unjustified, uncivilised, uncivilized, waste, baseless, risky, angry, wild, savage, fantastic, barbarian, unjustifiable, crazy, raving mad, unused, groundless, barbaric, furious, light, unwarranted, loose

    Antonyms:
    overbusy, occupied, busy, engaged, responsible, employed, active, laboring, labouring, serious, drudging, profitable, supported, tied up(p), at work(p), up to, toiling, run, work

  4. idle, unused(adj)

    not in active use

    "the machinery sat idle during the strike"; "idle hands"

    Synonyms:
    groundless, loose, baseless, jobless, out of work, wild, light, dead, unused, unwarranted, fresh, unfounded

    Antonyms:
    up to, labouring, serious, laboring, toiling, active, at work(p), overbusy, occupied, busy, responsible, profitable, drudging, employed, engaged, supported, tied up(p), run, work

  5. idle, light(adj)

    silly or trivial

    "idle pleasure"; "light banter"; "light idle chatter"

    Synonyms:
    light-headed, lite, wanton, unfounded, jobless, wakeful, faint, lightheaded, low-cal, calorie-free, lightsome, dead, out of work, light-colored, unaccented, weak, easy, promiscuous, abstemious, unclouded, clean, light(a), baseless, clear, wild, tripping, short, scant(p), unused, groundless, sluttish, light, swooning, unwarranted, loose

    Antonyms:
    profitable, employed, drudging, laboring, supported, tied up(p), serious, labouring, active, up to, busy, overbusy, at work(p), occupied, toiling, engaged, responsible, work, run

  6. idle, loose(adj)

    lacking a sense of restraint or responsibility

    "idle talk"; "a loose tongue"

    Synonyms:
    wanton, escaped, wild, sluttish, informal, dead, on the loose(p), out of work, easy, unused, liberal, free, jobless, open, lax, loose, unaffixed, groundless, promiscuous, light, slack, unfounded, baseless, at large(p), unwarranted

    Antonyms:
    laboring, responsible, active, tied up(p), drudging, profitable, serious, busy, at work(p), occupied, up to, engaged, overbusy, toiling, employed, supported, labouring, work, run

  7. dead, idle(adj)

    not yielding a return

    "dead capital"; "idle funds"

    Synonyms:
    dead(a), wild, bushed(p), dead, out of work, unused, jobless, light, deadened, drained, loose, groundless, utter, beat(p), numb(p), dead(p), unfounded, baseless, stagnant, all in(p), unwarranted

    Antonyms:
    responsible, employed, at work(p), drudging, labouring, up to, serious, tied up(p), toiling, busy, overbusy, active, profitable, laboring, supported, engaged, occupied, run, work

  8. idle, jobless, out of work(verb)

    not having a job

    "idle carpenters"; "jobless transients"; "many people in the area were out of work"

    Synonyms:
    groundless, loose, baseless, jobless, out of work, wild, light, dead, unused, unwarranted, unfounded

    Antonyms:
    profitable, engaged, tied up(p), active, toiling, drudging, labouring, overbusy, responsible, at work(p), supported, serious, occupied, employed, busy, laboring, up to, run, work

  9. idle, tick over(verb)

    run disconnected or idle

    "the engine is idling"

    Synonyms:
    tick over, slug, laze, stagnate

    Antonyms:
    busy, supported, at work(p), drudging, responsible, toiling, overbusy, employed, laboring, active, serious, tied up(p), labouring, engaged, occupied, up to, profitable, work, run

  10. idle, laze, slug, stagnate(verb)

    be idle; exist in a changeless situation

    "The old man sat and stagnated on his porch"; "He slugged in bed all morning"

    Synonyms:
    swig, tick over, slug, laze, stagnate, slog

    Antonyms:
    occupied, overbusy, toiling, engaged, at work(p), up to, labouring, profitable, drudging, tied up(p), laboring, employed, responsible, active, serious, busy, supported, run, work

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. idle

    Idle in all uses rests upon its root meaning, as derived from the Anglo-Saxon idel, which signifies vain, empty, useless. Idle thus denotes not primarily the absence of action, but vain action — the absence of useful, effective action; the idle schoolboy may be very actively whittling his desk or tormenting his neighbors. Doing nothing whatever is the secondary meaning of idle. One may be temporarily idle of necessity; if he is habitually idle, it is his own fault. Lazy signifies indisposed to exertion, averse to labor; idleness is in fact; laziness is in disposition or inclination. A lazy person may chance to be employed in useful work, but he acts without energy or impetus. We speak figuratively of a lazy stream. The inert person seems like dead matter (characterized by inertia), powerless to move; the sluggish moves heavily and toilsomely; the most active person may sometimes find the bodily or mental powers sluggish. Slothful belongs in the moral realm, denoting a self-indulgent aversion to exertion. "The slothful hideth his hand in his bosom; it grieveth him to bring it again to his mouth," Prov. xxvi, 15. Indolent is a milder term for the same quality; the slothful man hates action; the indolent man loves inaction. Compare VAIN.

    Synonyms:
    inactive, indolent, inert, lazy, slothful, sluggish, trifling, unemployed, unoccupied, vacant

    Antonyms:
    active, busy, diligent, employed, industrious, occupied, working

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. idle

    Synonyms:
    void, unoccupied, waste, vain, empty, unemployed, useless, inactive, lazy, indolent

    Antonyms:
    tilled, occupied, populated, filled, employed, assiduous, industrious

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. idle(a.)

    Synonyms:
    unemployed, unoccupied, unbusied, inactive

  2. idle(a.)

    Synonyms:
    indolent, lazy, slothful, sluggish, inert

  3. idle(a.)

    Synonyms:
    vacant, unused

  4. idle(a.)

    Synonyms:
    useless, ineffectual, bootless, fruitless, unavailing, vain, futile, abortive

  5. idle(a.)

    Synonyms:
    trifling, trivial, unimportant, trashy, foolish, unprofitable

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases:

    inactive, idling, inactivity, nonresponsive, dormant, down, downtime, laid-up, idleness, standby, unused

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Translations for idle

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  • عاطل عن العملArabic
  • незаетBulgarian
  • desocupat, aturat, inactiuCatalan, Valencian
  • líný, mrhat, nečinný, neužitečný, nepotřebný, volný, zaháletCzech
  • nutzlos, untätig, müßig, überflüssigGerman
  • οκνηρός, ανώφελος, άνεργος, αδρανής, άχρηστοςGreek
  • desocupado, ocioso, flojear, vagabundoSpanish
  • بیهودهPersian
  • [[olla]] [[joutokäynnillä]], olla vapaalla, joutilas, joutava, maleksia, toimeton, laiskaFinnish
  • inactif, négligeable, inutile, oisif, fainéanter, fainéantFrench
  • caithScottish Gaelic
  • אבטלהHebrew
  • henyél, tétlenHungarian
  • perdere tempo, indolente, in folle, oziare, ozioso, disoccupato, inutile, inattivo, sprecare tempo, infingardo, girare al minimo, vano, sciupare nell'ozio, pigro, girare a vuotoItalian
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  • 게으른Korean
  • ōtiōsusLatin
  • nutteloos, inactief, nietsdoend, ijdelDutch
  • leniwyPolish
  • vagabundo, perder tempo, inapropriado, desocupado, ocioso, preguiçoso, vazio, imprestável, vão, desempregado, inútilPortuguese
  • незанятыйRussian
  • gå på tomgång, overksamSwedish
  • zembeaSwahili
  • boş, atılTurkish

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