Even were he an idler and a parasite and nothing worse, however, he has no claim to be tolerated.
Fowell learnt very little at school, and was regarded as a dunce and an idler.
They are evolved out of the necessity of protecting from the handworker the life and property of the brain worker and the idler.
A likable chap, this Thorpe, but lazy—just an idler—he had concluded.
With the curiosity of an idler he approached, and found that they bore a man, who was firmly bound hand and foot.
Garry was now the young Laird, and I was but an idler, a burden on the estate.
A game at billiards, sixty miles an hour in a motor car, a lark with any idler that happens in the club.
Well then, at any rate, you lose three years: for three years you are an idler.
Truly the California Woodpecker is no idler or bungler, nor is he a free-booter, like the noisy, roystering Jay.
He is an idler on the earth, chasing the shadows of his own fancies.
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.