- (obsolete) Empty, vacant.
- Not being used appropriately; not occupied; (of time) with no, no important, or not much activity.
- idle hours
- My computer hibernates after it has been idle for 30 minutes.
- Not engaged in any occupation or employment; unemployed; inactive; doing nothing in particular.
- idle workmen
- 1879, R[ichard] J[efferies], chapter 1, in The Amateur Poacher, London: Smith, Elder, & Co., […], OCLC 752825175 ↗:
- Molly the dairymaid came a little way from the rickyard, and said she would pluck the pigeon that very night after work. She was always ready to do anything for us boys; and we could never quite make out why they scolded her so for an idle hussy indoors. It seemed so unjust. Looking back, I recollect she had very beautiful brown eyes.
- Averse to work, labor or employment; lazy; slothful.
- an idle fellow
- 1907, Robert William Chambers, chapter VI, in The Younger Set, New York, N.Y.: D. Appleton & Company, OCLC 24962326 ↗:
- “I don't mean all of your friends—only a small proportion—which, however, connects your circle with that deadly, idle, brainless bunch—the insolent chatterers at the opera, the gorged dowagers, the worn-out, passionless men, the enervated matrons of the summer capital, […]!”
- Of no importance; useless; worthless; vain; trifling; thoughtless; silly.
- an idle story; idle talk; idle rumor
- (obsolete) Light-headed; foolish.
- (of no importance) pointless
- See also Thesaurus:lazy
- German: ungenutzt, Mußezeit, Totzeit
- Italian: ozioso, inattivo
- Portuguese: vazio, inapropriado, desocupado, inutilizável
- Spanish: desocupado
- French: oisif
- German: untätig, müßig
- Italian: ozioso, disoccupato, inattivo
- Portuguese: ocioso, desocupado, desempregado
- Russian: неза́нятый
- Spanish: ocioso
- French: inactif, fainéant
- Italian: pigro, indolente, ozioso, infingardo
- Portuguese: preguiçoso, vagabundo
- Spanish: vagabundo
- French: oiseux
- German: nutzlos, müßig, überflüssig
- Italian: inutile, vano
- Portuguese: inútil, imprestável, vão
idle (idles, present participle idling; past and past participle idled)
- (transitive) To spend in idleness; to waste; to consume.
- (intransitive) To lose or spend time doing nothing, or without being employed in business.
- to idle in an IRC channel
- 1939, Joan Evans, Chateaubriand (page 32)
- He had already heard of the young man's projected journey — evidently the Comte de Combourg had written many letters while his son idled at St. Malo […]
- (intransitive) Of an engine: to run at a slow speed, or out of gear; to tick over.
- Italian: perdere tempo, girare a vuoto, sprecare tempo, sciupare nell'ozio
- Spanish: flojear
- French: fainéanter
- Italian: oziare
- Portuguese: perder tempo
- Russian: безде́льничать
- Spanish: vaguear, holgazanear, golfear
- Italian: girare al minimo, in folle
idle (plural idles)
- (programming, Python) Initialism of integrated development environment
- (programming, Python) Initialism of integrated development and learning environment
- (pathology) Acronym of indolent lesion of epithelial origin
- IDE integrated development environment