Idleness is a characteristic of being inactive. Your idleness over the summer means you really didn't do much — besides snoozing in a hammock and sipping lemonade.

Anything that's not in motion has the quality of idleness, whether it's a car sitting in a parking lot with its motor running or a lazy dog lounging on the couch. This noun is often used to mean laziness, particularly when someone's not doing what they should: "His boss wasn't happy about his idleness at work." You can also use it in a more positive way: "The idleness of lying on the beach all day is my favorite thing ever."

Definitions of idleness
  1. noun
    the trait of being idle out of a reluctance to work
    synonyms: faineance
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    type of:
    indolence, laziness
    inactivity resulting from a dislike of work
  2. noun
    having no employment
    synonyms: idling, loafing
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    dolce far niente
    carefree idleness
    type of:
    being inactive; being less active
  3. noun
    the quality of lacking substance or value
    synonyms: groundlessness
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    type of:
    ineptitude, worthlessness
    having no qualities that would render it valuable or useful
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