There are 2 translations of idle in Spanish:

idle1

Pronunciation: /ˈaɪdl/

adj (idler /ˈaɪdlər; ˈaɪdlə(r)/, idlest /ˈaɪdləst; ˈaɪdlɪst/)

  • 1 1.1 (not in use or employment) to be idle [worker] no tener* trabajo, estar* sin hacer nada [machine] no funcionar, estar* parado [factory] estar* parado the closure has made hundreds of workers idle el cierre ha dejado sin trabajo a cientos de obreros why have a car and let it stand idle in the garage? ¿para qué tienes coche si no lo sacas del garaje? don't let your money lie idle no deje ocioso su dinero, no deje dormir su dinero 1.2 (unoccupied) [hours/moment] de ocio she's never idle nunca está ociosa or sin hacer nada the idle rich los que viven de las rentas
  • 3 3.1 (frivolous) it's just idle chatter no es más que cháchara [familiar/colloquial] idle pleasures frivolidades (fpl) it was idle curiosity era pura curiosidad to waste time on idle speculation perder* el tiempo en conjeturas inútiles it would be idle to imagine that … [formal] sería ocioso imaginar que … [formal] 3.2 (empty, groundless) [promise/threat] vano it was an idle boast no fue más que una fanfarronada [familiar/colloquial]

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Word of the day caudillo
m
leader …
Cultural fact of the day

The most famous celebrations of Holy Week in the Spanish-speaking world are held in Seville. Lay brotherhoods, cofradías, process through the city in huge parades between Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday. Costaleros bear the pasos, huge floats carrying religious figures made of painted wood. Others, nazarenos (Nazarenes) and penitentes (penitents) walk alongside the pasos, in their distinctive costumes. During the processions they sing saetas, flamenco verses mourning Christ's passion. The Seville celebrations date back to the sixteenth century.

There are 2 translations of idle in Spanish:

idle2

vi

vt

  • (AmE) [workers] dejar sin trabajo, dejar en el paro (Esp)

Phrasal verbs

idle away

v + adv + o
they idled away the hours chatting pasaban las horas muertas charlando

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Word of the day caudillo
m
leader …
Cultural fact of the day

The most famous celebrations of Holy Week in the Spanish-speaking world are held in Seville. Lay brotherhoods, cofradías, process through the city in huge parades between Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday. Costaleros bear the pasos, huge floats carrying religious figures made of painted wood. Others, nazarenos (Nazarenes) and penitentes (penitents) walk alongside the pasos, in their distinctive costumes. During the processions they sing saetas, flamenco verses mourning Christ's passion. The Seville celebrations date back to the sixteenth century.