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

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