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idle



I - noun
the state of an engine or other mechanism that is idling
- the car engine was running at idle
Hypernyms:
operation

II - verb
1. run disconnected or idle (Freq. 2)
- the engine is idling
Syn:
tick over
Ant:
run
Verb Frames:
- Something ----s
2. be idle;
exist in a changeless situation (Freq. 1)
- The old man sat and stagnated on his porch
- He slugged in bed all morning
Syn:
laze, slug, stagnate
Ant:
work
Derivationally related forms:
stagnation (for: stagnate), stagnancy (for: stagnate), slug (for: slug), sluggard (for: slug), idler, idling
Hyponyms:
moon, moon around, moon on, ride the bench, warm the bench,
daydream, bum, bum around, bum about, arse around, arse about,
fuck off, loaf, frig around, waste one's time, lounge around, loll,
loll around, lounge about, lie about, lie around
Verb Frames:
- Somebody ----s

III - adjective
1. not in action or at work (Freq. 4)
- an idle laborer
- idle drifters
- the idle rich
- an idle mind
Ant:
busy
Similar to:
bone-idle, bone-lazy, faineant, indolent, lazy,
otiose, slothful, work-shy, lackadaisical, leisured, unengaged
See Also:
ineffective, uneffective, ineffectual, unemployed
Derivationally related forms:
idleness
2. without a basis in reason or fact (Freq. 1)
- baseless gossip
- the allegations proved groundless
- idle fears
- unfounded suspicions
- unwarranted jealousy
Syn:
baseless, groundless, unfounded, unwarranted, wild
Similar to:
unsupported
Derivationally related forms:
idleness
3. not in active use (Freq. 1)
- the machinery sat idle during the strike
- idle hands
Syn:
unused
Similar to:
inactive
Derivationally related forms:
idleness
4. silly or trivial
- idle pleasure
- light banter
- light idle chatter
Syn:
light
Similar to:
frivolous
Derivationally related forms:
lightness (for: light)
5. lacking a sense of restraint or responsibility
- idle talk
- a loose tongue
Syn:
loose
Similar to:
irresponsible
Derivationally related forms:
looseness (for: loose)
6. not yielding a return
- dead capital
- idle funds
Syn:
dead
Similar to:
unprofitable
7. not having a job
- idle carpenters
- jobless transients
- many people in the area were out of work
Syn:
jobless, out of work
Similar to:
unemployed
Derivationally related forms:
idleness

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