verb (idl, ing)
- (transitive) To spend in idleness; to waste; to consume.
- (intransitive) To lose or spend time doing nothing, or without being employed in business.
- (intransitive) Of an engine: to run at a slow speed, or out of gear; to tick-over.
- (obsolete) empty, Empty, vacant.
- Not turned to appropriate use; not occupy, occupied.
Etymology: Old English idel, Ädel, from West Germanic . Cognate with Dutch ijdel "unimportant", German eitel "bare, worthless".
- Not engaged in any occupation or employment; unemployed; inactive; doing nothing.
- averse, Averse to work, labor or employment; lazy; slothful.
- an fellow
- Of no importance; useless; worthless; vain; trifling; thoughtless; silly.
- an story; talk; rumor
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