the state of an engine or other mechanism that is idling
"the car engine was running at idle"
not in action or at work
"an idle laborer"; "idle drifters"; "the idle rich"; "an idle mind"
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"
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
not in active use
"the machinery sat idle during the strike"; "idle hands"
silly or trivial
"idle pleasure"; "light banter"; "light idle chatter"
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
lacking a sense of restraint or responsibility
"idle talk"; "a loose tongue"
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
not yielding a return
"dead capital"; "idle funds"
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
idle, jobless, out of work(verb)
not having a job
"idle carpenters"; "jobless transients"; "many people in the area were out of work"
idle, tick over(verb)
run disconnected or idle
"the engine is idling"
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"
English Synonyms and Antonyms
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.
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- عاطل عن العملArabic
- desocupat, aturat, inactiuCatalan, Valencian
- líný, mrhat, nečinný, neužitečný, nepotřebný, volný, zaháletCzech
- nutzlos, untätig, müßig, überflüssigGerman
- οκνηρός, ανώφελος, άνεργος, αδρανής, άχρηστοςGreek
- desocupado, ocioso, flojear, vagabundoSpanish
- [[olla]] [[joutokäynnillä]], olla vapaalla, joutilas, joutava, maleksia, toimeton, laiskaFinnish
- inactif, négligeable, inutile, oisif, fainéanter, fainéantFrench
- caithScottish Gaelic
- 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
- nutteloos, inactief, nietsdoend, ijdelDutch
- vagabundo, perder tempo, inapropriado, desocupado, ocioso, preguiçoso, vazio, imprestável, vão, desempregado, inútilPortuguese
- gå på tomgång, overksamSwedish
- boş, atılTurkish
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