• Of no importance; useless; worthless; vain; trifling; thoughtless; silly.

    "an idle story;  idle talk;  idle rumor"

  • (obsolete) Empty, vacant.
  • Averse to work, labor or employment; lazy; slothful.

    "an idle fellow"

  • Not engaged in any occupation or employment; unemployed; inactive; doing nothing.

    "idle workmen"

  • (obsolete) Light-headed; foolish.
  • Not turned to appropriate use; not occupied.

    "idle hours;  My computer hibernates after it has been idle for 30 minutes."


  • (intransitive) To lose or spend time doing nothing, or without being employed in business.

    "to idle in an IRC channel"

  • (transitive) To spend in idleness; to waste; to consume.
  • (intransitive) Of an engine: to run at a slow speed, or out of gear; to tick over.

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