What does the word idle mean?

    Part of speech: verb transitive, verb intransitive

  • To spend in idleness; waste time idly.

  • Part of speech: adverb

  • IDLY.

  • Part of speech: adjective

  • Not occupied.

  • Part of speech: adjective

  • Averse to labor; lazy.

  • Part of speech: adjective

  • Vain; useless.

Usage examples for idle

  1. It is idle to write of the week that followed. – The Honorable Peter Stirling and What People Thought of Him by Paul Leicester Ford
  2. They seem to know it would be idle. – The Lone Ranche by Captain Mayne Reid
  3. He lay back in his chair, by the big fire; and his idle thoughts stared before him. – The Twilight of the Souls by Louis Couperus