What is idle?

  • (adj): Not having a job.
    Example: "Idle carpenters"
    Synonyms: jobless, out of work
    See also — Additional definitions below


Idle (idling) is a term which generally refers to a lack of motion and/or energy.

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Some articles on idle:

Line Hunting - Most-idle Hunting
... In most-idle hunting, calls are always delivered to whichever line has been idle the longest ...
Lazybones (film) - Plot
... Sir Reginald Ford (Ian Hunter), known as "Lazybones", is an idle baronet ... Reginald has found a way to make money from all the other idle members of the English aristocracy ... He sets up a "Home for the Idle Wealthy" and they come to stay (for a fee) and act as butler, gardener, chauffeur etc ...
Idle, West Yorkshire - Notable People
... of International Law at Cambridge University, was born in Idle in 1913 and spent his whole upbringing there until he won the scholarship to Cambridge which ... Hannah Midgley, former Emmerdale actress has lived in Idle for most of her life ... and entrepreneur, was educated at Idle ...
Live From The Grill-O-Mat - "Accidents Sketch (Prawn Salad Ltd.)"
... Eric Idle plays an innocent-looking but seemingly accident-prone man who enters an establishment called 'Prawn Salad Ltd', and is blamed for setting off a series of ... the course of about a minute of sketch time, Idle's character breaks an expensive mirror, knocks over an ornate bookcase, fatally stabs the maid, causes ... the skit is that while everyone in the sketch is convinced of the Idle character's complicity, the viewer is perfectly aware of his innocence in the series of events ...
Idle Cure
... Idle Cure was a hard/arena rock band based ouf of Long Beach, California ... band had been in mainstream bands prior to the formation of Idle Cure ...

More definitions of "idle":

  • (verb): Run disconnected or idle.
    Example: "The engine is idling"
    Synonyms: tick over
  • (adj): Not in active use.
    Example: "The machinery sat idle during the strike"; "idle hands"
    Synonyms: unused
  • (adj): Silly or trivial.
    Example: "Idle pleasure"; "light idle chatter"
    Synonyms: light
  • (adj): Not yielding a return.
    Example: "Idle funds"
    Synonyms: dead
  • (adj): Lacking a sense of restraint or responsibility.
    Example: "Idle talk"
    Synonyms: loose
  • (adj): Not in action or at work.
    Example: "An idle laborer"; "idle drifters"; "the idle rich"; "an idle mind"
  • (verb): Be idle; exist in a changeless situation.
    Synonyms: laze, slug, stagnate

Famous quotes containing the word idle:

    I cannot walk through the suburbs in the solitude of the night without thinking that the night pleases us because it suppresses idle details, just as our memory does.
    Jorge Luis Borges (1899–1986)

    One is not idle because one is absorbed. There is both visible and invisible labor. To contemplate is to toil, to think is to do. The crossed arms work, the clasped hands act. The eyes upturned to Heaven are an act of creation.
    Victor Hugo (1802–1885)

    What though the traveler tell us of the ruins of Egypt, are we so sick or idle that we must sacrifice our America and today to some man’s ill-remembered and indolent story? Carnac and Luxor are but names, or if their skeletons remain, still more desert sand and at length a wave of the Mediterranean Sea are needed to wash away the filth that attaches to their grandeur. Carnac! Carnac! here is Carnac for me. I behold the columns of a larger
    and purer temple.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)