idle

Something idle is not active. If your car is idling, it's running but not moving. If someone calls you idle, it either means they think you don't have enough to do or that you're just plain lazy.

Idle can also mean having no value or purpose: idle rumors are rumors that people make up when they're bored, but have no grounding in fact. As a verb, idle can also refer to a car engine that is running while the vehicle is not moving. The adjective descends from Middle English idel, from Old English ─źdel "empty."

Primary Meanings of idle

1.
adjvn
not in action or at work
be idle; exist in a changeless situation
the state of an engine or other mechanism that is idling
2.
adj
without a basis in reason or fact
3.
adj
silly or trivial
4.
adj
not yielding a return
Full Definitions of idle
1

adj not in action or at work

“an idle laborer”
idle drifters”
“the idle rich”
“an idle mind”
Synonyms:
bone-idle, bone-lazy
constitutionally lazy or idle
faineant, indolent, lazy, otiose, slothful, work-shy
disinclined to work or exertion
lackadaisical
idle or indolent especially in a dreamy way
leisured
free from duties or responsibilities
unengaged
not busy or occupied; free
ineffective, ineffectual, uneffective
not producing an intended effect
unemployed
not engaged in a gainful occupation
Antonyms:
busy
actively or fully engaged or occupied
at work
on the job
drudging, laboring, labouring, toiling
doing arduous or unpleasant work
engaged, occupied
having ones attention or mind or energy engaged
overbusy
too busy
tied up
kept occupied or engaged
up to
busy or occupied with
diligent
characterized by care and perseverance in carrying out tasks
employed
having your services engaged for; or having a job especially one that pays wages or a salary
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adj not having a job

idle carpenters”
Synonyms:
jobless, out of work
unemployed
not engaged in a gainful occupation

adj not in active use

“the machinery sat idle during the strike”
idle hands”
Synonyms:
unused
inactive
lacking activity; lying idle or unused

v be idle; exist in a changeless situation

Synonyms:
laze, slug, stagnate
Antonyms:
work
exert oneself by doing mental or physical work for a purpose or out of necessity
do work, work
be employed
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moon, moon around, moon on
be idle in a listless or dreamy way
ride the bench, warm the bench
be out of the game
daydream, moon
have dreamlike musings or fantasies while awake
bum, bum about, bum around, frig around, loaf, loll, loll around, lounge about, lounge around, waste one's time
be lazy or idle
lie about, lie around
hang around idly

v run disconnected or idle

“the engine is idling
Synonyms:
tick over
Antonyms:
run
be operating, running or functioning
function, go, operate, run, work
perform as expected when applied
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n the state of an engine or other mechanism that is idling

“the car engine was running at idle
Type of:
operation
the state of being in effect or being operative
2

adj without a basis in reason or fact

idle fears”
Synonyms:
baseless, groundless, unfounded, unwarranted, wild
unsupported
not sustained or maintained by nonmaterial aid

adj lacking a sense of restraint or responsibility

idle talk”
Synonyms:
loose
irresponsible
showing lack of care for consequences
3

adj silly or trivial

idle pleasure”
“light idle chatter”
Synonyms:
light
frivolous
not serious in content or attitude or behavior
4

adj not yielding a return

idle funds”
Synonyms:
dead
unprofitable
producing little or no profit or gain

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