Definition of idle

Scrabble & Words with friends points


  • idle is a valid Scrabble US word with a point value of 5
  • idle is a valid Scrabble UK word with a point value of 5
  • idle is a valid Words with friends word with a point value of 6

Definition of idle


  • not having a job (adjective)

    Examples

    1. idle carpenters

    Synonyms

    1. jobless
    2. out of work
  • not in active use (adjective)

    Examples

    1. the machinery sat idle during the strike
    2. idle hands

    Synonyms

    1. unused
  • without a basis in reason or fact (adjective)

    Examples

    1. idle fears

    Synonyms

    1. baseless
    2. groundless
    3. unfounded
    4. unwarranted
    5. wild
  • be idle; exist in a changeless situation (verb)

    Synonyms

    1. laze
    2. slug
    3. stagnate
  • run disconnected or idle (verb)

    Synonyms

    1. tick over
  • silly or trivial (adjective)

    Examples

    1. idle pleasure
    2. light idle chatter

    Synonyms

    1. light
  • lacking a sense of restraint or responsibility (adjective)

    Examples

    1. idle talk

    Synonyms

    1. loose
  • not yielding a return (adjective)

    Examples

    1. idle funds

    Synonyms

    1. dead
  • not in action or at work (adjective)

    Examples

    1. an idle laborer
    2. idle drifters
    3. the idle rich
    4. an idle mind
  • the state of an engine or other mechanism that is idling (noun)

    Examples

    1. the car engine was running at idle

See definition of idle in Merriam Webster

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