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idle is pronounced in two syllables

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An example use of idle in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… you can also kind of go idle so as you …”

meanings of idle


  1. Not engaged in any occupation or employment; unemployed; inactive; doing nothing in particular.
  2. Averse to work, labor or employment; lazy; slothful.
  3. Not being used appropriately; not occupied; (of time) with no, no important, or not much activity.
  4. Empty, vacant.
  5. Light-headed; foolish.
  6. Of no importance; useless; worthless; vain; trifling; thoughtless; silly.


  1. A surname​.
  2. Initialism of Integrated DeveLopment Environment.
  3. Acronym of indolent lesion of epithelial origin.
  4. A river, the River Idle in Nottinghamshire, England, which flows into the River Trent.
  5. Initialism of Integrated Development and Learning Environment.
  6. A suburb in the City of Bradford, West Yorkshire, England (OS grid ref SE1737).


  1. To lose or spend time doing nothing, or without being employed in business.
  2. Of an engine: to run at a slow speed, or out of gear; to tick over.
  3. To spend in idleness; to waste; to consume.


  1. An idle animation.
  2. An idle game.
  3. The state of idling, of being idle.

idle frequency in english - C2 level of CEFR

the word idle occurs in english on average 4.7 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

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