Other Words for Idle

Idle Adjective Synonyms
bootless, fruitless, unproductive, abortive, unfruitful, pointless, vain, trifling, trivial, shallow, nugatory, superficial, insignificant, meaningless, senseless, unimportant, frivolous, worthless,eless, otiose, unavailing, futile
We were passing the time at the pub in idle chatter when Michael walked in. He had no factual information to offer, only idle speculation.

laze (about), loiter, kill time, loaf, loll, lounge, take it easy, potter or putter about or away, mess about, fool away, fool around or about, muck about, bugger about, lallygag or lollygag, goof off or around
Stop idling and get down to work.

indolent, lazy, listless, lethargic, loafing, slothful, shiftless, lackadaisical, loitering, fain‚ant
Since winning the lottery, Crouch has become one of the idle rich.

Idle Noun Synonyms
unemployed, out of work, redundant, jobless, workless, at leisure, at liberty, between assignments, resting, on the beach
Unable to find work, Gilbert has been idle for a year.

unused, inactive, unoccupied, non-operative, stationary
The looms were idle for months. The devil finds work for idle hands.

More Words for Idle

Vain / Lounge / Lethargic


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