Definition of idleness in English:


Line breaks: idle|ness
Pronunciation: /ˈʌɪdlnəs


[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.
laziness, indolence, slothfulness, sloth, shiftlessness, inertia, sluggishness, lethargy, languor, torpidity, torpor; 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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