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idle
British English: /ˈʌɪd(ə)l/
American English: /ˈaɪdl/

Translation of idle in French:

adjective

  • 2 (vain, pointless)
    (boast, threat)
    (speculation, question, curiosity)
    (conversation, chatter, remark)
    it would be idle to attempt to do
    ce serait vain de tenter de faire
  • 3 (without occupation)
    (person)
    (day, hour, moment)
    de loisir
    the idle rich
    les riches oisifs
    100 men made idle
    100 hommes mis au chômage
  • 4 (not functioning)
    (port, dock, mine)
    (machine)
    to lie ou stand idle
    (machine, factory)
    être à l'arrêt
    (land)
    rester inexploité

intransitive verb

Idioms

the devil makes work for idle hands

[proverb]
l'oisiveté est mère de tous les vices
[proverb]

Phrasal verbs

idle away

idle away [something], idle [something] away
passer [quelque chose] à ne rien faire
(day, hours)
to idle away one's life/time
passer sa vie/son temps à ne rien faire

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