idle


idle
idle [īd′'l]
adj.
idler, idlest [ME idel < OE, empty, akin to Ger eitel, vain, empty < ? IE base * ai-dh, to burn, shine: basic sense, either “only apparent, seeming” or “burned out”]
1.
a) having no value, use, or significance; worthless; useless [idle talk]
b) vain; futile; pointless [an idle wish]
2. baseless; unfounded [idle rumors]
3.
a) unemployed; not busy
b) inactive; not in use [idle machines]
c) not filled with activity [idle hours]
4. not inclined to work; lazy
5. designating certain parts of a fuel system that set an engine's idling speed
vi.
idled, idling [< IDLE the adj.: parallel with OE idlian, to come to nothing, be useless]
1. to move slowly or aimlessly; loaf
2. to spend time unprofitably; be unemployed or inactive
3. to operate without transmitting power; esp., to operate a motor vehicle's engine while the vehicle is not moving
vt.
1. to waste; squander: usually with away [to idle away one's youth]
2. to cause (a motor, etc.) to idle
3. to cause to be inactive or unemployed
n.
the state or act of idling [an engine at idle]
SYN.- LOITER, VAIN
idleness
n.
idly
adv.

English World dictionary. . 2014.

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