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Wilson's Dictionary of Bible Types
Matthew 12:36 (a) The words mentioned here are spoken words which do no good work for GOD or man. Idle men are men who are not working. Idle words are words that are not working. They are words which when spoken have no value whatever to either GOD or man.
Matthew 20:3 (b) This is a picture of Christians who have not taken up any definite work for GOD but who are spectators in the game of life so far as the church and the Gospel are concerned.
Luke 24:11 (b) These tales are stories that have no usable point, give no information, and have no value for their hearers.
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Watson, Walter. Entry for 'Idle'. Wilson's Dictoinary of Bible Types. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/wdt/i/idle.html. 1957.