EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR IDLING
It won't do to have him idling about this way all day long.'
There were no induction-surges from even pulsing, idling engines.
Well, my question was answered; this was the difference my working or idling made to her.
The slight altercation drew the attention of Asad's officers who were idling there.
You never see a Unionist idling the day away at street-corners.
The motors were laboring and barely turning over at idling speed.
What's all that loafing about galleries, I ask ye, but the worst of all idling?
Why can I not do something for somebody instead of idling my time away?
Instead of idling about in California all winter, I shall be getting my bearings up there.
And next, here she was, idling until our outfit drew abreast.
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.