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IDLE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does idle mean? 

IDLE (noun)
  The noun IDLE has 1 sense:

1. the state of an engine or other mechanism that is idling

  Familiarity information: IDLE used as a noun is very rare.


IDLE (adjective)
  The adjective IDLE has 7 senses:

1. not in action or at work
2. without a basis in reason or fact
3. not in active use
4. silly or trivial
5. lacking a sense of restraint or responsibility
6. not yielding a return
7. not having a job

  Familiarity information: IDLE used as an adjective is common.


IDLE (verb)
  The verb IDLE has 2 senses:

1. run disconnected or idle
2. be idle; exist in a changeless situation

  Familiarity information: IDLE used as a verb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


IDLE (noun)


Sense 1idle [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The state of an engine or other mechanism that is idling

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Context example:

the car engine was running at idle

Hypernyms ("idle" is a kind of...):

operation (the state of being in effect or being operative)


IDLE (adjective)


Sense 1idle [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Not in action or at work

Context examples:

an idle laborer / idle drifters / the idle rich / an idle mind

Similar:

bone-idle; bone-lazy (constitutionally lazy or idle)

faineant; indolent; lazy; otiose; slothful; work-shy (disinclined to work or exertion)

lackadaisical (idle or indolent especially in a dreamy way)

leisured (free from duties or responsibilities)

unengaged (not busy or occupied; free)

Also:

unemployed (not engaged in a gainful occupation)

ineffective; ineffectual; uneffective (not producing an intended effect)

Antonym:

busy (actively or fully engaged or occupied)


Sense 2idle [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Without a basis in reason or fact

Synonyms:

baseless; groundless; unfounded; idle; unwarranted; wild

Context examples:

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

Similar:

unsupported (not sustained or maintained by nonmaterial aid)


Sense 3idle [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Not in active use

Synonyms:

idle; unused

Context examples:

the machinery sat idle during the strike / idle hands

Similar:

inactive (lacking activity; lying idle or unused)


Sense 4idle [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Silly or trivial

Synonyms:

idle; light

Context examples:

idle pleasure / light banter / light idle chatter

Similar:

frivolous (not serious in content or attitude or behavior)


Sense 5idle [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Lacking a sense of restraint or responsibility

Synonyms:

idle; loose

Context examples:

idle talk / a loose tongue

Similar:

irresponsible (showing lack of care for consequences)


Sense 6idle [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Not yielding a return

Synonyms:

idle; dead

Context examples:

dead capital / idle funds

Similar:

unprofitable (producing little or no profit or gain)


Sense 7idle [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Not having a job

Synonyms:

out of work; jobless; idle

Context examples:

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

Similar:

unemployed (not engaged in a gainful occupation)


IDLE (verb)


Sense 1idle [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Run disconnected or idle

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

idle; tick over

Context example:

the engine is idling

Sentence frame:

Something ----s

Antonym:

run (be operating, running or functioning)


Sense 2idle [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Be idle; exist in a changeless situation

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Synonyms:

laze; slug; idle; stagnate

Context examples:

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

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "idle"):

moon; moon around; moon on (be idle in a listless or dreamy way)

ride the bench; warm the bench (be out of the game)

daydream; moon (have dreamlike musings or fantasies while awake)

arse about; arse around; bum; bum about; bum around; frig around; fuck off; loaf; loll; loll around; lounge about; lounge around; waste one's time (be lazy or idle)

lie about; lie around (hang around idly)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s

Antonym:

work (exert oneself by doing mental or physical work for a purpose or out of necessity)


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