before 900; 1915–20 for def 12; Middle English, Old English īdel
(adj.) empty, trifling, vain, useless; cognate with German eitel
idleness, nounidly, adverboveridle, adjectiveoveridleness, nounoveridly, adverbunidle, adjectiveunidling, adjectiveunidly, adverb
Can be confused
(see synonym study at the current entry)
sluggish. Idle, indolent, lazy, slothful
apply to a person who is not active. To be idle
is to be inactive or not working at a job. The word is sometimes derogatory, but not always, since one may be relaxing temporarily or may be idle through necessity: pleasantly idle on a vacation; to be idle because one is unemployed or because supplies are lacking.
person is naturally disposed to avoid exertion: indolent and slow in movement; an indolent and contented fisherman.
person is averse to exertion or work, and especially to continued application; the word is usually derogatory: too lazy to earn a living; incurably lazy. Slothful
denotes a reprehensible unwillingness to carry one's share of the burden: so slothful as to be a burden on others. 5.
worthless, trivial, trifling. 7.
busy, industrious. 5.