Translation of "idle" - English-Spanish dictionary

idle

adjective uk /ˈaɪ·dl/

not working or being used

parado
The factory has stood idle for over a year.

not serious or having no real purpose

frívolo, vano
idle gossip
This is no idle threat.

lazy and not willing to work

vago, holgazán
He knows what has to be done, he’s just bone idle (= extremely lazy).
idly adverb /ˈaɪd·li/

ociosamente
uk /ˈaɪ·dl/

to spend time doing nothing

haraganear, perder el tiempo
We saw her idling in the school grounds.

(Translation of “idle” from the Cambridge English-Spanish Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

idle

adjective /ˈaidl/

not working; not in use

parado, inactivo
Several fishing boats were lying idle in the harbour/harbor.

lazy

perezoso, vago, holgazán, gandul
He has work to do, but he’s idle and just sits around.

having no effect or result

vano, inútil
an idle threat.

unnecessary; without good reason or foundation

vano; infundado
idle fears
idle gossip.
idler noun

a lazy person

perezoso, gandul, holgazán, vago
She considered him to be an idler.
idleness noun

ociosidad, gandulería, holgazanería
There is no excuse for her idleness.
idly adverb

ociosamente
He was digging the hole while the other workmen stood idly by.
idle away phrasal verb

to spend (time) doing nothing

desperdiciar, perder, malgastar
They idled the hours away, drinking and playing cards.

(Translation of “idle” from the PASSWORD English-Spanish Dictionary © 2014 K Dictionaries Ltd)