Idle - definition, pronunciation, transcription
- be idle; exist in a changeless situation (syn: laze, slug, stagnate)
light idle chatter
There has been a lot of idle speculation about what might happen, but no one really knows.
She left the engine idling for a few seconds before she turned it off.
The cars idled in traffic.
A group of boys idled in the doorway.
The factory closed, idling several hundred workers.
Thousands of workers have been idled by the bad economy.
The factory has been idled by the strike.
The machinery stood idle for a month.
I cannot afford to leave the land lying idle.
The whole team stood idle, waiting for the mechanic.
The workers have been idle for the last six months.
She was not a woman to make idle threats.
It was only from idle curiosity that she went into the barn.
Go and wake up that idle brother of yours.
He flicked a switch and let the boat idle.
present participle: idling
past tense: idled
past participle: idled
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