Dictionary » I » Idle



1. Of no account; useless; vain; trifling; unprofitable; thoughtless; silly; barren. Deserts idle. Every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. (Matt. Xii. 36) Down their idle weapons dropped. (Milton) This idle story became important. (Macaulay)

2. Not called into active service; not turned to appropriate use; unemployed; as, idle hours. The idle spear and shield were high uphing. (Milton)

3. Not employed; unoccupied with business; inactive; doing nothing; as, idle workmen. Why stand ye here all the day idle? (Matt. Xx. 6)

4. Given rest and ease; averse to labour or employment; lazy; slothful; as, an idle fellow.

5. Light-headed; foolish. Idle pulley, a gear wheel placed between two others, to transfer motion from one to the other without changing the direction of revolution. In idle, in vain. God saith, thou shalt not take the name of thy lord god in idle.

Synonym: Unoccupied, unemployed, vacant, inactive, indolent, sluggish, slothful, useless, ineffectual, futile, frivolous, vain, trifling, unprofitable, unimportant.

idle, indolent, Lazy. A propensity to inaction is expressed by each of these words; they differ in the cause and degree of this characteristic. Indolent denotes an habitual love to ease, a settled dislike of movement or effort; idle is opposed to busy, and denotes a dislike of continuou 53e s exertion. Lazy is a stronger and more contemptuous term than indolent.

Origin: oe. Idel, as. Idel vain, empty, useless; akin to os. Idal, D. Ijdel, OHG. Ital vain, empty, mere, g. Eitel, dan. & Sw. Idel mere, pure, and prob. To gr. Clear, pure, to burn. Cf. Ether.

Please contribute to this project, if you have more information about this term feel free to edit this page

Results from our forum

Re: Multicellular prokaryote

... specific. That is very true. :) (I'll also second the idea of definitions not really being that important anyways, so feel free to ignore this as idle speculation.)

See entire post
by AstraSequi
Tue Feb 07, 2012 6:58 am
Forum: Microbiology
Topic: Multicellular prokaryote
Replies: 24
Views: 17645


... of genes, not 30,000, because a cell might always opt for a piece of DNA it has never used before (or not for a million years) that has lain idle and who is to say it is not entitled to do so- as such a relatively new protein is made, and thus it could be many distinguished professors reckonings ...

See entire post
by merv
Mon Oct 03, 2011 12:06 am
Forum: Genetics
Topic: can protein size be predicted given genome info?
Replies: 8
Views: 7678

Cure for AIDS


See entire post
by micheal321
Thu Feb 04, 2010 7:26 am
Forum: Microbiology
Topic: Cure for AIDS
Replies: 50
Views: 24482

I feel lost about my future with Biology study!

... 2-year period which is the regulation of my university. So I am working hard all day and even night in the lab. However, when there is some "idle time", I can not stop myself to think about my future, am I really prepared for taking scientific research as my career? You know, when a ...

See entire post
by biologyny
Thu Jan 11, 2007 10:42 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: I feel lost about my future with Biology study!
Replies: 3
Views: 2170

The Fiber Disease

... gov't induced alzheimers.....you think i'm that stupid to not know that lasors only go in a straight line.??? HUH? You don;t think I am sitting idle on the fact that the neighbor that lived directly behind me for 30 years all of a sudden just up and moved do ya? Let you in on something else, ...

See entire post
by London
Wed Dec 27, 2006 8:25 pm
Forum: Human Biology
Topic: The Fiber Disease
Replies: 7403
Views: 4991274
View all matching forum results

This page was last modified 21:16, 3 October 2005. This page has been accessed 2,552 times. 
What links here | Related changes | Permanent link