[ adjective ] not in action or at work
"an idle laborer" "idle drifters" "the idle rich" "an idle mind"
Used in print(The Dallas Morning News,...)
Texas leads in per game rushing averages , 355 yards , and passing 149 ( to Baylor 's 126 ) , but idle Baylor has the best defensive record ( 187.5 yards per game to Texas ' 189 ) .(Frank Getlein and Harold C. Gardiner, S.J., Movies,...)
When he came to the movies - more_or_less by accident - they were still cheap entertainment capable of enthralling the unthinking for an idle few minutes .(Louis Zara, Dark Rider....)
Papa pointed a scornful finger at the splashing youth : `` Idle recreation '' !
[ verb ] run disconnected or idle
"the engine is idling"
Used in print(Richard Sanders Allen, "When Fogg Flew the Mail"...)
A plume of smoke rose from a Central_Vermont locomotive which idled behind a string of gravel cars , and little figures that were workmen labored to set the ruptured roadbed to rights .
It ticked over smoothly , idling while Fogg exchanged mails with the armed messenger from Burlington at Fort_Ethan_Allen , and one from Montpelier and Barre at the St._John field .
[ verb ] be idle; exist in a changeless situation
"The old man sat and stagnated on his porch" "He slugged in bed all morning"
Used in print(Louis Zara, Dark Rider....)
The veterans , idling on their benches in the Square , beneath the soldiers ' monument , got_to_their_feet when Papa approached : `` Morning , Reverend '' !
[ adjective ] without a basis in reason or fact
"baseless gossip" "the allegations proved groundless" "idle fears" "unfounded suspicions" "unwarranted jealousy"
Used in print(Gene Caesar, Rifle for Rent....)
A good many beef hungry settlers were accepting the death of William_Lewis as proof that the warning notes were not idle threats .