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idleness Line breaks: idle|ness
Pronunciation: /ˈʌɪdlnəs/

Definition of idleness in English:


[mass noun]
1Laziness; indolence: he was punished for his idleness at school
More example sentences
  • Look up that invaluable book, Scots Thesaurus, and you will find four or five pages given over to words denoting idleness and laziness, all contemptuous.
  • They are saying that due to their idleness and lethargy they are not taking water.
  • The law was against loitering, though it may as well have been against idleness and sloth.
remissness, negligence, slackness, laxity
French archaic fainéance
rare otiosity, hebetude
inactivity, inaction, unemployment, rest, repose
1.1A state of inaction; inactivity: we suffered a period of enforced idleness
More example sentences
  • The crowded huts, the waiting for food handouts, the idleness are steadily taking their toll.
  • I don't have much to do at work, which leads to long periods of idleness.
  • Only the intrusions of his neighbour, Mrs Mac, detract from a life of idleness.
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