Idle I"dle, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Idled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Idling}.] To lose or spend time in inaction, or without being employed in business. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • idle — I. adjective (idler; idlest) Etymology: Middle English idel, from Old English īdel; akin to Old High German ītal worthless Date: before 12th century 1. lacking worth or basis ; vain < idle chatter > < idle pleasure > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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  • idle away — phrasal verb [transitive] Word forms idle away : present tense I/you/we/they idle away he/she/it idles away present participle idling away past tense idled away past participle idled away to spend time relaxing and doing nothing Morse idled away… …   English dictionary

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