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Overview of noun idle

The noun idle has 1 senses? (no senses from tagged texts)
1. idle

(the state of an engine or other mechanism that is idling; "the car engine was running at idle")


Overview of verb idle

The verb idle has 2 senses? (first 2 from tagged texts)
1. (2) idle, tick over

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

2. (1) idle, laze, slug, stagnate

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


Overview of adj idle

The adj idle has 7 senses? (first 3 from tagged texts)
1. (4) idle

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

2. (1) baseless, groundless, idle, unfounded, unwarranted, wild

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

3. (1) idle, unused

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

4. idle, light

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

5. idle, loose

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

6. dead, idle

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

7. idle, jobless, out of work

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

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