What does the word idler mean?

    Part of speech: noun

  • One who idles.

  • Part of speech: adverb

  • IDLY.

Usage examples for idler

  1. When the cutter spindle is vertical the belt runs directly to it from the overhead counter shaft, but when it is horizontal the belt passes over idler pulleys, held above the lathe. – Modern Machine-Shop Practice, Volumes I and II by Joshua Rose
  2. Labour is not only a necessity and a duty, but a blessing: only the idler feels it to be a curse. – Self Help by Samuel Smiles
  3. Unluckily, he tired of everything, never considered his position sufficiently exalted for a former business man with a tilbury, and, by gradual degrees, by dint of deeming every sort of occupation beneath him, he had grown old and incapable, a genuine idler with low tastes, a good- for- nothing. – Fromont and Risler, Complete by Alphonse Daudet Last Updated: March 3, 2009