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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
Not engaged in any occupation or employment; unemployed; inactive; doing nothing in particular.
Averse to work, labor or employment; lazy; slothful.
Not being used appropriately; not occupied; (of time) with no, no important, or not much activity.
Of no importance; useless; worthless; vain; trifling; thoughtless; silly.
Initialism of Integrated DeveLopment Environment.
Acronym of indolent lesion of epithelial origin.
A river, the River Idle in Nottinghamshire, England, which flows into the River Trent.
Initialism of Integrated Development and Learning Environment.
A suburb in the City of Bradford, West Yorkshire, England (OS grid ref SE1737).
To lose or spend time doing nothing, or without being employed in business.
Of an engine: to run at a slow speed, or out of gear; to tick over.
To spend in idleness; to waste; to consume.
An idle animation.
An idle game.
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.