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Definition 1: the state of an engine or other mechanism that is idling - [noun denoting state]

Samples where idle or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the car engine was running at idle

(idle is a kind of ...) the state of being in effect or being operative

"that rule is no longer in operation"

Definition 2: run disconnected or idle - [verb of contact]

Samples where idle or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the engine is idling

Synonyms for idle in the sense of this definition

Samples where idle or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The old man sat and stagnated on his porch
  • He slugged in bed all morning

Synonyms for idle in the sense of this definition

(... is a kind of idle ) be idle in a listless or dreamy way

(... is a kind of idle ) be out of the game

"Miller was riding the bench in Saturday's game"

(... is a kind of idle ) have dreamlike musings or fantasies while awake

"She looked out the window, daydreaming"

(... is a kind of idle ) be lazy or idle

"Her son is just bumming around all day"

(... is a kind of idle ) hang around idly

"She did all the work while he lay around"

Definition 4: not in action or at work - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where idle or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • an idle laborer
  • idle drifters
  • the idle rich
  • an idle mind

(idle is similar to ...) constitutionally lazy or idle

(idle is similar to ...) disinclined to work or exertion

"faineant kings under whose rule the country languished" "an indolent hanger-on" "too lazy to wash the dishes" "shiftless idle youth" "slothful employees" "the unemployed are not necessarily work-shy"

(idle is similar to ...) idle or indolent especially in a dreamy way

"she was annoyingly lackadaisical and impractical" "a...lackadaisical, spiritless young man-about-town"

(idle is similar to ...) free from duties or responsibilities

"he writes in his leisure hours" "life as it ought to be for the leisure classes" "even the artist and the sculptor were not regarded...as leisured men"

(idle is similar to ...) not busy or occupied; free

"the cancellation left her unengaged a good part of the afternoon"

(means also ...) not producing an intended effect

"an ineffective teacher" "ineffective legislation"

(means also ...) not engaged in a gainful occupation

"unemployed workers marched on the capital"

Definition 5: silly or trivial - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where idle or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • idle pleasure
  • light banter
  • light idle chatter

Synonyms for idle in the sense of this definition

(idle is similar to ...) not serious in content or attitude or behavior

"a frivolous novel" "a frivolous remark" "a frivolous young woman"

Definition 6: not in active use - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where idle or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the machinery sat idle during the strike
  • idle hands

Synonyms for idle in the sense of this definition

(idle is similar to ...) lacking activity; lying idle or unused

"an inactive mine" "inactive accounts" "inactive machinery"

Definition 7: lacking a sense of restraint or responsibility - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where idle or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • idle talk
  • a loose tongue

Synonyms for idle in the sense of this definition

(idle is similar to ...) showing lack of care for consequences

"behaved like an irresponsible idiot" "hasty and irresponsible action"

Definition 8: not having a job - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where idle or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • idle carpenters
  • jobless transients
  • many people in the area were out of work

Synonyms for idle in the sense of this definition

(idle is similar to ...) not engaged in a gainful occupation

"unemployed workers marched on the capital"

Definition 9: not yielding a return - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where idle or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • dead capital
  • idle funds

Synonyms for idle in the sense of this definition

(idle is similar to ...) producing little or no profit or gain

"deposits abandoned by mining companies as unprofitable"

Definition 10: without a basis in reason or fact - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where idle or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • baseless gossip
  • the allegations proved groundless
  • idle fears
  • unfounded suspicions
  • unwarranted jealousy

Synonyms for idle in the sense of this definition

(idle is similar to ...) not sustained or maintained by nonmaterial aid

"unsupported accusations"

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