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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.
(Definition of idle from the Password English-Spanish Dictionary © 2013 K Dictionaries Ltd)
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