idle

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UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈaɪdəl/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/ˈaɪdəl/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(īdl)


Inflections of 'idle' (adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house."):
idler
adj comparative
idlest
adj superlative
Inflections of 'idle' (v): (⇒ conjugate)
idles
v 3rd person singular
idling
v pres pverb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing."
idled
v pastverb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed."
idled
v past pverb, past participle: Verb form used descriptively or to form verbs--for example, "the locked door," "The door has been locked."
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idle

Most examples are given in US English. We have labeled exceptions as UK.
  1. left the [car, engine] running idle
  2. has been idle for [one hour]
  3. the [system, program, application] has been idle for
  4. don't be (too) idle at [work, the office]
  5. was fired for being too idle
  6. was (just) standing around idle (while)
  7. cannot just sit idle and watch (while)
  8. trying not to be idle in (my) retirement
  9. idle and useless
  10. UK: is a bone-idle [student, man, boy, person, husband]
  11. How do you spend your idle time?
  12. What do you do during your idle time?
  13. while away (the) idle [hours, time]
  14. during idle hours
  15. full of idle [thoughts, musings]
  16. their threats are [merely, simply] idle
  17. is [just, merely, only] idle speculation
  18. no time for idle [chit chat, small talk]
  19. is (not) just an idle fear
  20. the factory has [been, remained] idle for [years]
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