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
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    • The most talented among them had been creamed off for local-government jobs, leaving the rest idle.
    • While there has been a break in activities and a good rest the team have not been completely idle.
    • As an early principal she was scarcely idle, and that was the way she wanted it.
  • 2 (lazy) [person] holgazán, haragán, flojo [familiar/colloquial]
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    • They always claim to work hard, but in truth they're nothing but lazy idle sluggards!
    • The government hasn't done anything to help students, they are perceived as lazy and idle where they go to university to socialise, that's not the case.
    • I also believed that children weren't lazy, idle, unmotivated, all the usual list of adjectives the oppressor puts on the oppressed.
  • 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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    • Recent suggestions that we'll see return of the stiletto has been dismissed by fashion critics as an idle threat from the catwalks in Europe and New York this year.
    • Perhaps sensing that this was not an idle threat, the protests immediately tapered off.
    • Barton's words were ‘potentially not just an idle threat’ and the Armed Response Unit went to see the defendant.

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Word of the day veloz
adj
fast …
Cultural fact of the day

Sanfermines (The festival of San Fermín) is from 6th-14th July and el encierro (the 'running of the bulls'), takes place in Pamplona in northern Spain. The animals are released into the barricaded streets and people run in front of them, in honor of the town´s patron saint, San Fermín, who was put to death by being dragged by bulls.

There are 2 translations of idle in Spanish:

idle2

vi

  • 1.1 (be lazy) holgazanear, haraganear, flojear [familiar/colloquial]
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    • Every day, open-backed trucks enter the city packed with families and their possessions - refugees returning home from years spent idling in Pakistan and Iran.
    • Having spent days idling in Shanghai, China's largest city, the players had never imagined the match would be so brutal and physical, especially in the second half.
    • Actually, the movie is set in the hotels and clubs of contemporary Tokyo, as the characters spend much of their time idling while waiting to complete their singular obligations.
    1.2 [Auto] [engine] andar* or marchar al ralentí the engine is idling far too quickly el motor está demasiado acelerado
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    • A line of cars clogs the tree-lined street, engines idling in the sun.
    • Anthony sighed, leaving the car engine idling.
    • With that capability, a car's engine could be automatically shut off at stoplights, or any time the engine is idling for any length of time.
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    • He pulled up hard into the vertical and idled the engines, diminishing any heat source from the F - 22.
    • Under the proposed bylaw, drivers would be fined $100 for idling their engines for more than three minutes.

vt

  • (AmE) [workers] dejar sin trabajo, dejar en el paro (Esp)
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    • The owner of the Sago Mine, where 12 men died after an explosion last year, said Wednesday it has idled the coal operation because of high production costs and weak prices.
    • The Tennessee Valley Authority said its Browns Ferry No.1 nuclear reactor in Athens was idled Saturday for continued testing following a 22-year shutdown.
    • Russian secret service personnel, idled by the withering of Russia's global presence, resort to private business or are re-deployed by the state to spy on industrial and economic secrets in order to aid budding Russian multinationals.

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 veloz
adj
fast …
Cultural fact of the day

Sanfermines (The festival of San Fermín) is from 6th-14th July and el encierro (the 'running of the bulls'), takes place in Pamplona in northern Spain. The animals are released into the barricaded streets and people run in front of them, in honor of the town´s patron saint, San Fermín, who was put to death by being dragged by bulls.