The street vendor, an older man in a baseball hat, sits by idly as tourists flood past the table.
After idly admiring the work for almost a week, Iolas gained the courage to enter his very first gallery.
He dropped out of school in the ninth grade and has been idly sitting on good intentions about getting a GED ever since.
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.