US: /ˈaɪdəɫ/
UK: /ˈa‍ɪdə‍l/

English Vietnamese dictionary

idle /'aidl/
  • tính từ
    • ngồi rồi, không làm việc gì
      • in an idle hour: trong lúc ngồi rồi
    • không làm ăn gì cả, ăn không ngồi rồi, lười nhác
      • an idle worthless boy: một đứa bé lười nhác vô tích sự
    • không có công ăn việc làm, thất nghiệp
      • idle men: những người không có công ăn việc làm
    • (kỹ thuật) để không, không chạy
      • idle machines: máy để không
    • vô ích, vô hiệu quả, không tác dụng, không đi đến đâu
      • in a fit of idle rage: trong một cơn giận dữ không đi đến đâu
    • không đâu, không căn cứ, vẩn vơ, vu vơ
      • idle rumors: những lời đồn không đâu, những lời đồn không căn cứ
      • idle talks: chuyện không đâu, chuyện vẩn vơ
      • idle fears: những nỗi sợi hâi không đâu
  • nội động từ
    • ăn không ngồi rồi, không làm ăn gì cả đi vẩn vơ; để thời gian trôi qua vô ích
    • (kỹ thuật) quay không, chạy không (máy động cơ...)
    • ngoại động từ ((thường) + away)
      • ăn không ngồi rồi để lâng phí (thời gian); để (thời gian) trôi qua vô ích
        • to idle away one's time: ăn không ngồi rồi lãng phí thời gian
      • (từ Mỹ,nghĩa Mỹ) làm cho thất nghiệp
      • danh từ
        • tình trạng nhàn rỗi
        • sự chạy không
          • to keep a motor at an idle: cho máy chạy không

      Advanced English dictionary

      adjective, verb
      + adjective
      1 (of people) lazy; not working hard: an idle student
      2 (of machines, factories, etc.) not in use: to lie / stand / remain idle
      3 (of people) without work; unemployed: Over ten per cent of the workforce is now idle.
      4 [usually before noun] with no particular purpose or effect; useless: idle chatter / curiosity + It was just an idle threat (= not serious). + It is idle to pretend that their marriage is a success.
      5 [usually before noun] (of time) not spent doing work or sth particular: In idle moments, he carved wooden figures.
      idleness noun [U]: After a period of enforced idleness, she found a new job.
      + verb
      1 [usually +adv./prep.] (written) to spend time doing nothing important: [VN] They idled the days away, talking and watching television. + [V] They idled along by the river (= walked slowly and with no particular purpose).
      2 [V] (of an engine) to run slowly while the vehicle is not moving
      Synonym: TICK OVER
      She left the car idling at the roadside.
      3 [VN] (AmE) to close a factory, etc. or stop providing work for the workers, especially temporarily: The strikes have idled nearly 4 000 workers.

      Thesaurus dictionary

      1 unused, inactive, unoccupied, non-operative, stationary:
      The looms were idle for months. The devil finds work for idle hands
      2 unemployed, out of work, redundant, jobless, workless, Colloq at leisure, at liberty, between assignments, resting, US on the beach:
      Unable to find work, Gilbert has been idle for a year.
      3 indolent, lazy, listless, lethargic, loafing, slothful, shiftless, lackadaisical, loitering, fainéant:
      Since winning the lottery, Crouch has become one of the idle rich.
      4 bootless, fruitless, unproductive, abortive, unfruitful, pointless, vain, trifling, trivial, shallow, nugatory, superficial, insignificant, meaningless, senseless, unimportant, frivolous, worthless, useless, 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.
      5 Often, idle away. waste, fritter away, while away, kill:
      They idle away the hours lying by the swimming-pool.
      6 laze (about), loiter, kill time, loaf, loll, lounge, take it easy, Brit potter or US putter about or away, mess about, fool away, fool around or about, Colloq Brit muck about, bugger about, US lallygag or lollygag, goof off or around, Military slang US gold-brick:
      Stop idling and get down to work.

      Collocation dictionary

      1 lazy


      be | become


      very | bone
      She never lifts a finger to help. She's bone idle.
      | rather

      2 not in use


      be, lie, sit, stand
      Half their machines are lying idle. The pumps are standing idle.
      | remain | leave sth, make sth
      The land was left idle for years.

      Concise English dictionary

      +the state of an engine or other mechanism that is idling
      +run disconnected or idle
      +be idle; exist in a changeless situation
      +not in action or at work
      +without a basis in reason or fact
      +not in active use
      +silly or trivial
      +lacking a sense of restraint or responsibility
      +not yielding a return
      +not having a job