idler Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun person who does no work
    layabout; loafer; bum; do-nothing.
    • a lazy bum
  2. adjective not in action or at work
    • an idle laborer
    • idle drifters
    • the idle rich
    • an idle mind
  3. adjective satellite without a basis in reason or fact
    baseless; unwarranted; groundless; idle; wild; unfounded.
    • baseless gossip
    • the allegations proved groundless
    • idle fears
    • unfounded suspicions
    • unwarranted jealousy
  4. adjective satellite not in active use
    unused; idle.
    • the machinery sat idle during the strike
    • idle hands
  5. adjective satellite silly or trivial
    light; idle.
    • idle pleasure
    • light banter
    • light idle chatter
  6. adjective satellite lacking a sense of restraint or responsibility
    idle; loose.
    • idle talk
    • a loose tongue
  7. adjective satellite not yielding a return
    idle; dead.
    • dead capital
    • idle funds
  8. adjective satellite not having a job
    idle; jobless; out of work.
    • idle carpenters
    • jobless transients
    • many people in the area were out of work


I"dler noun
  1. One who idles; one who spends his time in inaction; a lazy person; a sluggard.
  2. (Naut.) One who has constant day duties on board ship, and keeps no regular watch. Totten.
  3. (Mach.) An idle wheel or pulley. See under Idle.

Webster 1913