Textual thesaurus for "idle"

(adj) unused

not in active use

the machinery sat idle during the strike; idle hands

(adj) jobless, out of work

not having a job

idle carpenters; jobless transients; many people in the area were out of work

(adj) dead

not yielding a return

dead capital; idle funds

(adj) loose

lacking a sense of restraint or responsibility

idle talk; a loose tongue

(adj) light

silly or trivial

idle pleasure; light banter; light idle chatter

(adj) unwarranted, wild, baseless, groundless, unfounded

without a basis in reason or fact

baseless gossip; the allegations proved groundless; idle fears; unfounded suspicions; unwarranted jealousy

(verb) tick over

run disconnected or idle

the engine is idling

(verb) slug, stagnate, laze

be idle; exist in a changeless situation

The old man sat and stagnated on his porch; He slugged in bed all morning