1. having no employment (Freq. 2)
Syn: ↑idling, ↑loafing
Derivationally related forms: ↑idle (for: ↑idling), ↑idle
Hypernyms: ↑inactivity
Hyponyms: ↑dolce far niente
2. the quality of lacking substance or value

the groundlessness of their report was quickly recognized

Syn: ↑groundlessness
Derivationally related forms: ↑idle
Hypernyms: ↑worthlessness, ↑ineptitude
3. the trait of being idle out of a reluctance to work
Syn: ↑faineance
Derivationally related forms: ↑idle, ↑faineant (for: ↑faineance)
Hypernyms: ↑indolence, ↑laziness

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