Definition of 'idle'
Example sentences containing 'idle'
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His players must now ensure it is a promise and not just an idle threat. Times, Sunday Times (2017)It was no idle threat. Times, Sunday Times (2016)The problem can also happen when the engine is idling. Times, Sunday Times (2012)What the posters proclaimed was no idle boast. Times, Sunday Times (2007)Another sanction might seem an idle threat but is not. Times, Sunday Times (2011)Some motorists are already keeping their vehicles idling overnight to stop them freezing. Times, Sunday Times (2012)He was idling a bit but he deserved this. The Sun (2015)They are too busy for idle chatter. Times, Sunday Times (2010)Motorists will be urged to drive outside busy times and turn off their engines when idling. Times, Sunday Times (2014)It was more than an idle boast. Times, Sunday Times (2010)The many unemployed people idle away the time. Times, Sunday Times (2009)Reducing the time vehicles are idling is also a focus of attention. Times, Sunday Times (2008)The question is not asked out of idle curiosity. Times, Sunday Times (2010)Anyone caught parked with an idling engine can also be fined. Times, Sunday Times (2014)At times this has seemed an idle boast. Times, Sunday Times (2007)How about inviting a man out and idling away an hour over a cup of coffee? Times, Sunday Times (2008)This is not an idle threat. Times, Sunday Times (2013)That's the space all this idle gear fills. Times, Sunday Times (2012)Some would seek his presents but not his presence, following him around out of idle curiosity. Christianity Today (2000)The size of the workforce has to be managed to keep pace with business trends rather than have highly paid recruiters sitting around idle. Times, Sunday Times (2012)Such is the singer's perfect pitch and easy sensuality that she appeared to be idling in second gear for much of this show. Times, Sunday Times (2011)What actually happened was that the engines were reduced in power (they were almost idling when she hit). Plane Speaking - a personal view of aviation history (1991)Am I to go about smiling and content with all this talk about you, passing from one idle gossip to another? Wives and Daughters (1864)
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Translations for 'idle'
British English: idle /ˈaɪdl/ ADJECTIVE
If you describe someone as idle you disapprove of them not doing anything when they should be doing something.
The shops are full of idle staff.
- American English: idle
- Arabic: كَسُولٌ
- Brazilian Portuguese: inativo
- Chinese: 懒惰的
- Croatian: besposlen
- Czech: nečinný
- Danish: ledig
- Dutch: inactief
- European Spanish: ocioso
- Finnish: joutilas
- French: oisif
- German: untätig
- Greek: αδρανής
- Italian: pigro
- Japanese: 何もしない
- Korean: 놀고 있는
- Norwegian: uvirksom
- Polish: bezczynny
- European Portuguese: inativo
- Romanian: inactiv
- Russian: бездельничающий
- Spanish: ocioso
- Swedish: sysslolös
- Thai: เกียจคร้าน
- Turkish: boş insan
- Ukrainian: ледачий
- Vietnamese: nhàn rỗi
Definition of idle from the Collins English Dictionary
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