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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.

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