Synonyms for idle
- not serious
- of no avail
Antonyms for idle
EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR IDLE
I confess, Eudora, it pained me to see you listen to his idle flattery.
Aspasia will tell you I have been a beautiful but idle dreamer all my life.
We are not now about to give him any idle panegyric on the occasion.
Did you bring your work, girls, or is it to be a case of idle hands?
He had seen much of her during the week, and he knew she had not been idle.
While Demosthenes argued, and Nicias demurred, Gylippus had not been idle.
If we are called to help in this work, there is no time for an idle minute.
If she were merely travelling in idle curiosity--well, she ought not to lie!
Nellie was huddled against her mother, who sat, idle, with little Benny in her arms.
Do not, my dear, let any idle scruples prevent you from coming to my house.
Old English idel "empty, void; vain; worthless, useless; not employed," common West Germanic (cf. Old Saxon idal, Old Frisian idel "empty, worthless," Old Dutch idil, Old High German ital, German eitel "vain, useless, mere, pure"), of unknown origin. Idle threats preserves original sense; meaning "lazy" is c.1300.