Translation of idle in Spanish:


Pronunciation /ˈaɪdl/ /ˈʌɪd(ə)l/

adjective idler, idlest

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    • 1.1(not in use or employment)

      to be idle no tener trabajo
      • 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

    • 1.2(unoccupied)

      (hours/moment) de ocio
      she's never idle nunca está ociosa / sin hacer nada
      • the idle rich los que viven de las rentas
      • 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.
      • These students, bored and idle, may turn to making trouble to gain attention and keep interested in what's happening around them.
      • Her perception was that the poor were more likely to be victims of drug abuse since they were mostly idle.
      • The job of the Archphilarchs is to oversee the people and make sure that nobody is idle and not working hard.
      • Usually so busy writing or revising articles or taking notes, she was idle.
      • Now, Mr Kelly, just to ensure that you are not idle over the luncheon adjournment, there is one further thing that we would like you to do for us.
      • Only fifteen women, a smaller percentage than that of men, reported that they were idle or had no occupation.
      • However, this did not mean that he was professionally idle.
      • In that time they were not idle; game was plentiful, and they hunted, roasting and drying meat, which they ate and added to their provisions.
      • In the eight months between Lanarkshire and Lancashire he was not idle.
      • But the audience is thinning these days and Yadagiri says he is idle more than six months a year.
      • Not that I am idle, I got my daughter well educated, up to MSc., then fixed up with a software man in Bangalore.
      • Personally, I don't have a boss, and I like to let my contacts know when I am idle - usually means I am on the phone or otherwise busy.
      • This was an England full of rich and idle people whose mostly misguided attempts to get married, avoid getting married, and so forth, could be made richly comic - if you like that sort of thing.
      • But we are not idle, there are cotton expeditions out all the time.
      • The idle rich of the day flocked to this elaborate mansion to be entertained by lavish masquerade balls and concerts, organised by a mysterious female impresario called Teresa Cornelys.

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    (person) holgazán
    (person) haragán
    (person) flojo informal
    • 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.
    • I was starting to get sick of being under-motivated, lazy, and idle.
    • There's another myth that Zhao was so lazy and idle that he would only come down to the world on the fifth day of the Chinese Lunar New Year.
    • Mr Williams and others who write to the papers contrive to imply that council staff are uniquely undeserving idle bureaucrats or lazy workmen.
    • Almost day in and day out we hear how our technologists have become somewhat morbid, they're idle, they are incapable of innovation.
    • Anyhow, a pretty trivial post, but if you managed to read this far you must really like my writing cause I honestly think I'm very idle.
    • We drink too much, we eat the wrong food, we are idle, we are unadventurous.
    • Smith's wealth coincided with a dip in his public profile, but he was not idle.
    • Man would have been encouraged by this to be lazy and idle.
    • The common criticism aimed at the overweight is that they are idle, yet nothing could be further from the truth.
    • If she is good, she will have a proper bedroom and all the chocolates and taxi rides she desires, but if she is idle, Mrs. Pearce will wallop her with a broom.
    • Should they be idle, they may be whipped; however, if they work hard, they are to be treated without reproach, and are well used.
    • I realise now that I was idle in doing research in these years because of the pressure of teaching and other business to which I was not accustomed.
    • Not that he was absolutely idle, or averse to business then; far from it.
    • Those hours we allow ourselves to remain idle - to give body and mind a rest - can be our most productive times.
    • Either way, I will not sit idle for the rest of my life, and you do not have the power to make me.
    • Not one to rest idle, the success of Fat Bastard has inspired Guy Anderson to take his concept to Spain.
    • He had been too curious a child to sit idle in his quarters for the rest of the day, and secretly he ventured out to the many corridors in which he had never been.
  • 3

    • 3.1(frivolous)

      it's just idle chatter no es más que cháchara informal
      • idle pleasures frivolidades
      • 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 … sería ocioso imaginar que …

    • 3.2(empty, groundless)

      (promise/threat) vano
      it was an idle boast no fue más que una fanfarronada informal
      • 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.
      • Freshwater acknowledged it was not an idle threat.
      • The larger of the two, Arlen, comes across as an insecure bully, flaunting his juvenile snake tattoo and badgering Muldrow with idle threats.
      • A showbiz reporter of the old school, he used to possess fearsome power and ‘You'll never play this town again’ was no idle threat.
      • The idle boast recently that New Labour were bang on target to ‘lift’ a predetermined number of children out of poverty was baffling.
      • The good burghers of the Ayrshire town fancy themselves as an erudite bunch and in the club's round-up page in their matchday magazine showed this is no idle boast.
      • It may simply be an idle threat - Martin's government appears stable… for now.
      • She knew the Committee didn't mess around: this wasn't an idle threat.
      • Judge Byron's advertising of his willingness to entertain suits from anywhere was no idle boast.
      • Would we do it if we did not have the US to back up our idle threat?
      • We can only hope it was a sincere promise and not an idle threat.
      • This was no idle boast, as she had a very mild and charitable disposition and possessed many good qualities.
      • Again it is convenient to think that these are just idle threats and that the lives of lawyers are not at risk.
      • Seasoned observers of the unpredictable Scot will know not to take too seriously these idle threats.
      • But this is an idle boast if police are forced to abandon one set of law breakers to chase after another.
      • Luckily, the supervisor seemed to be quite bright, and wasn't taken in by these idle threats.
      • That was no idle threat and it must be assumed that these thoughts have returned to him this weekend.
      • So he did something that for the rest of us is merely an idle threat.

intransitive verb

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    (be lazy)
    flojear informal
    • 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.
    • Just at first glance, I could see a good hundred million people idling around outside and in the hallways waiting to catch their bait.
    • One day should be spent visiting some of the key vineyards, so I took advantage of the Discovery Pass and idled away two agreeable afternoons visiting Margaux and St Emilion.
    • It's easy as pie just to sit by the highway, idling, letting the drivers pass you by.
    • Not that she had been idling away her time until her vocation called - Coppola already had a successful street wear clothing company called Milk Fed and a career as a photographer to her name, both of which she intends to continue.
    • With 4 inches of plaid boxer shorts visible above sagging jeans, Tony Mihalo fit almost perfectly into the teen crowd idling away the night in a Naperville bowling alley.
    • By three o'clock that afternoon, idling on a green pathway in the company of Tuke Taylor and watching a farmer mow a flower-rich hay meadow, I felt a long, long way from Lisbon.
    • All summer long Dolly has flopped about during the heat of the day, stretching full length on the shady concrete pavers by the gate, idling away the hours she should have spent grooming.
    • Incredibly, with Bryant idling on the bench, the Lakers shook off their distractions and managed to thrash one of their supposed title rivals in their opening game.
    • At last an end to blokes idling morosely in Monsoon while the women they are browsing with compare a succession of near identical burgundy velvet.
    • Is there a reason for this, or are you simply idling?
    • After a year idling, Mike started to take music courses in 2003, met people with the same interest and formed a band.
    • An old-time farmer might well have done that - and he would have been working, not idling.
    • The next time you're idling in Italy, try asking someone to explain it.
    • Script problems trip up Carol Lempert's Edith Frank, too; she idles for an hour-and-a-half as a melancholy mom trying to hold her family together before turning into a heartless monster practically on a dime.
    • No one dawdles or idles there, yet they just manage to cope with the job.
    • I guess I slept 50% of the trip, ate 30%, and idled 20% of the time on the aircraft.
    • As well, the frequency of idling appears to decrease as a person ages - a retiree is the least likely to idle.
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    Motor Vehicles
    (engine) andar al ralentí
    (engine) marchar al ralentí
    the engine is idling far too quickly el motor está demasiado acelerado
    • 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.
    • Motors idled, and tailpipes puffed and nobody was going anywhere.
    • But automakers should learn to illuminate them only when in gear, not while idling in park.
    • Josh's car is already waiting, the engine idling.
    • With the car standing motionless now but with the engine still idling, she can smell foul fumes and heat.
    • ‘The engine is idling, and we're ready to rev it up at a moment's notice,’ says Ken Johnson, a spokesman for co-sponsor Rep.
    • She still hadn't arrived and the yacht's motors were idling and the galley crew had prepared a wonderful dinner.
    • Never leave the saw unattended with the engine idling.
    • With the squeal of abused metal, it grated to a halt, engine still idling.
    • The driver pointed a white-gloved hand in the direction of a small ferry boat waiting at the pier, its engine idling.
    • The engine was idling, which made a comforting noise, and kept the blowers warm, which made her feel increasingly drowsy.
    • Brian pulled into one of the angled parking slots in front of the building and sat, engine idling.
    • She let the big black truck idle for a moment before turning it off.
    • When she walked outside, the cab was already idling by the corner.
    • Encouraged by how it has taken off, Donnelly plans to bring a motion to the Coquitlam city council to stop municipal vehicles from idling excessively.
    • I just sat outside, my car idling, waiting for her to shift to be over.
    • So oil dilution isn't a problem when you're idling.
    • Buses and vans idling for a half hour at 12: 30 a.m. while bands load their gear is not a viable practice for a residential block.
    • 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.

transitive verb

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    (workers) dejar sin trabajo
    (workers) dejar en el paro Spain
    • 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.