Some airports, like in San Francisco and Seoul, even have attractions like museums and cultural centers to idle away the time.
Still he would rather sit all day and idle away his time than to work and have more things.
John was a spineless man, unworthy son of a great father, content to idle away his life in ease and quiet.
Such quarters might indeed tempt many a tourist to idle away a month here.
From this time till I was twenty years old, six years, I did nothing but idle away the most precious time of one's existence.
Breakfast over, the two friends went out to idle away the morning under the shade of a tree in the park.
Poorly clad street loafers sought to idle away their time with a visit to Santa Claus.
Have you nothing to do but idle away the day and the night in such foolishness?
He says himself he's an awful lounger, and used to idle away whole days before he invented time-tables.
He took to staying out at night, to drink, to gamble, and to idle away his time.
Old English idel "empty, void; vain; worthless, useless; not employed," common West Germanic (cf. Old Saxon idal, Old Frisian idel "empty, worthless," Old Dutch idil, Old High German ital, German eitel "vain, useless, mere, pure"), of unknown origin. Idle threats preserves original sense; meaning "lazy" is c.1300.
late 15c., "make vain or worthless," from idle (adj.). Meaning "spend or waste (time)" is from 1650s. Meaning "cause to be idle" is from 1789. Sense of "running slowly and steadily without transmitting power" (as a motor) first recorded 1916. Related: Idled; idling.