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Dictionary definition for: Idle

1. (v) run disconnected or idle; "the engine is idling"

2. (a) not in action or at work; "an idle laborer" "idle drifters" "the idle rich" "an idle mind"

3. (v) be idle; exist in a changeless situation; "The old man sat and stagnated on his porch" "He slugged in bed all morning"

4. (s) without a basis in reason or fact; "baseless gossip" "the allegations proved groundless" "idle fears" "unfounded suspicions" "unwarranted jealousy"

5. (s) not in active use; "the machinery sat idle during the strike" "idle hands"

6. (s) silly or trivial; "idle pleasure" "light banter" "light idle chatter"

7. (s) lacking a sense of restraint or responsibility; "idle talk" "a loose tongue"

8. (s) not yielding a return; "dead capital" "idle funds"

9. (s) not having a job; "idle carpenters" "jobless transients" "many people in the area were out of work"

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