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Idle

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I'DLE, a.

1. Not employed unoccupied with business inactive doing nothing.

Why stand ye here all the day idle? Matthew 20

To be idle, is to be vicious.

2. Slothful given to rest and ease averse to labor or employment lazy as an idle man an idle fellow.
3. Affording leisure vacant not occupied as idle time idle hours.
4. Remaining unused unemployed applied to things as, my sword or spear is idle.
5. Useless vain ineffectual as idle rage.
6. Unfruitful barren not productive of good.

Of antres vast and idle desarts.

Idle weeds.

7. Trifling vain of no importance as an idle story an idle reason idle arguments.
8. Unprofitable not tending to edification.

Every idle word that men shall speak,they shall give an account thereof in the day of judgment. Matthew 12

Idle differs from lazy the latter implying constitutional or habitual aversion or indisposition to labor or action, sluggishness whereas idle, in its proper sense, denotes merely unemployed. An industrious man may be idle, but he cannot be lazy.

I'DLE, To lose or spend time in inaction, or without being employed in business.

To idle away, in a transitive sense, to spend in idleness as, to idle away time.

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The unabridged 1828 version of this dictionary in the SwordSearcher Bible Software.

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Entry for 'Idle'. King James Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/kjd/i/idle.html.

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