not doing anythingEmployees have been idle for almost a month now.
Portraits of unoccupied youths predominate.
Have you been unemployed for over six months?
a redundant miner
One in four people are now jobless in inner areas like Tottenham.
out of work,
a town where half the residents are out of work
out of action,
He has been inactive since last year.
between jobs, ,
at a loose end
They're most likely to get into trouble when they're at a loose end.
not operating or being usedNow the machine is lying idle.
not wanting to workI've never met such an idle bunch of workers!
I was too lazy to learn how to read music.
He moved in a slow, unhurried way.
busy times and slack periods
feeling sluggish and lethargic after a big meal
One of the problems is lax security for airport personnel.
They certainly were not politically inactive.
He covered the inert body with a blanket
He felt too miserable and lethargic to get dressed.
indolent teenagers who won't lift a finger to help
Dr. Jonsen seemed a little lackadaisical at times.
remiss (formal), ,
I would be remiss if I did not do something about it.
He was not slothful: he had been busy all night.
a shiftless husband
ineffective or uselessIt would be idle to pretend the system is worthless.
He realised that their money was useless in this country.
Violence is always pointless.
I don't believe your situation is as hopeless as you think.
a second unsuccessful operation on his knee
Reform will continue to be painful and ineffective.
Training is worthless unless there is proof that it works.
a futile attempt to ward off the blow
It was a fruitless search.
They are aware much of their time and effort is unproductive.
an abortive attempt to prevent him from taking office
the well-meaning but ineffectual jobs programs of the past
of no use, , ,
a brave but unavailing fight against a terminal illness
of no avail,
a singularly profitless line of thought
frivolous or trivialHe kept up the idle chatter for another five minutes.
a superficial yuppie with no intellect whatsoever
In 1949 it was still a small, insignificant city.
I was a bit too frivolous to be a doctor.
silly, , ,
That's a silly thing to say.
It would be foolish to raise hopes unnecessarily.
She dismissed it as a flippant comment.
puerile, , ,
puerile schoolboy humour
They had misjudged me as empty-headed and dim.
They wrote for the magazine for fees that were either non-existent or nugatory.
without basisIt was more of an idle threat than anything.
Without my friends my life would be lonely and empty.
Any threat to bring in the police is a hollow one.
They worked all night in a vain attempt to finish on schedule.
I don't like to visit the doctor just for something trivial.
This piece of old junk is totally worthless.
trifling, , ,
The guests had each paid £250, no trifling sum.
a reminder of how inconsequential their lives were
After several hours of aimless driving they were getting low on fuel.
I felt my existence was totally valueless.
Time may be wasted in purposeless meetings.
to waste or pass (time) in idlenessHe idled the time away in dreamy thought.
, , , ,
They ate and drank and lounged in the shade.
She was pottering around in the garden.
She studied, and I just loafed around.
He did not dally long over his meal.
unemployed young men loitering at the entrance to the factory.
They dawdled arm in arm past the shopfronts.
Fred lazed in an easy chair.
We spent many hours idling in cafés.
slack, , ,
He had never let a foreman see him slacking.
take it easy,
He was sacked for shirking.
His career had stagnated.
skive (British, slang),
The company treated me as though I were skiving.
He spends all his time vegetating in front of the TV.
sit back and do nothing, ,
kick your heels,
bludge (Australian, New Zealand, informal), ,
He was sacked for bludging on the job.
bob off (British, slang)
They idled along looking at things.
I let my attention drift.
He wandered aimlessly around the garden.
We meandered along the Irish country roads.
I slipped into neutral gear and coasted down the slope.
barges floating quietly by the grassy river banks
She could not keep her eyes from straying towards him.
(of an engine) to run at low speed without transmitting any powerHer limo waited with its engine idling.
He sat in the car with the engine ticking over.
be in neutral
As idle as a painted ship
Upon a painted ocean – The Ancient Mariner]It is impossible to enjoy idling thoroughly unless one has plenty of work to do – Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow]Satan finds some mischief still
For idle hands to do – Divine Songs for Children]We would all be idle if we couldIt is better to have loafed and lost than never to have loafed at all – Fables For Our Time]
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in the sense of abortive
failing to achieve its purposean abortive attempt to prevent him from taking office
in the sense of aimless
having no purpose or directionAfter several hours of aimless driving they were getting low on fuel.
in the sense of at a loose end
bored because one has nothing to doThey're most likely to get into trouble when they're at a loose end.
with nothing to do
Video: pronunciation of 'idle'
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