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

Translation of idle in French:


  • 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)
    (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)
    à l'arrêt
    to lie ou stand idle
    (machine, factory)
    être à l'arrêt
    rester inexploité

intransitive verb


the devil makes work for idle hands

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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