Definition of Idleness

1. Noun. Having no employment.

Exact synonyms: Idling, Loafing
Generic synonyms: Inactivity
Specialized synonyms: Dolce Far Niente
Derivative terms: Idle, Idle, Idle



2. Noun. The quality of lacking substance or value. "The groundlessness of their report was quickly recognized"
Exact synonyms: Groundlessness
Generic synonyms: Ineptitude, Worthlessness
Derivative terms: Idle

3. Noun. The trait of being idle out of a reluctance to work.
Exact synonyms: Faineance
Generic synonyms: Indolence, Laziness
Derivative terms: Faineant, Idle

Definition of Idleness

1. n. The condition or quality of being idle (in the various senses of that word); uselessness; fruitlessness; triviality; inactivity; laziness.

Definition of Idleness

1. Noun. The state of being idle; inactivity. ¹

2. Noun. The state of being indolent; indolence ¹

3. Noun. Groundlessness; worthlessness; triviality. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Idleness

1. the state of being idle [n -ES]

Medical Definition of Idleness

1. The condition or quality of being idle (in the various senses of that word); uselessness; fruitlessness; triviality; inactivity; laziness. Synonym: Inaction, indolence, sluggishness, sloth. Origin: AS. Idelnes. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Idleness

idiyappam
idjut
idjuts
idle
idle hands are the devil's playthings
idle hands are the devil's tools
idle hands are the devil's workshop
idle pulley
idle talk
idle wheel
idle words
idled
idlehead
idlehood
idlehoods
idleness (current term)
idlenesses
idler
idler pulley
idlers
idles
idlesse
idlesses
idlest
idleth
idli
idlike
idling
idlingly
idlings

Literary usage of Idleness

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Annual Reportby New York (State), Bureau of Statistics, Dept. of Labor by New York (State), Bureau of Statistics, Dept. of Labor (1906)
"F. Causes of idleness (March and June). G. Causes of idleness (September and December). ... J. Causes of idleness at the end of the first quarter. ..."

2. Index of Economic Material in Documents of the States of the United States by Adelaide Rosalia Hasse (1907)
"Tables showing employment and idleness in NY City, state outside of NY City, ... idleness of 188 representative unions by industries, 4th quarter. (Bull. v. ..."

3. The Works of Hannah More by Hannah More (1835)
"While we continue in the active world, while our idleness is animated with bustle, ... II. from the idleness of tumult to that of ennui in one sex, ..."

4. The Library of Literary Criticism of English and American Authors by Charles Wells Moulton (1902)
"HOURS OF idleness 1807 The poesy of this young lord belongs to the class which neither gods ... The "Hours of idleness" were poorish and pretentious verses, ..."

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