Definition of idleness noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈaɪdlnəs//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈaɪdlnəs//
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  1. 1the tendency to be lazy and not work hard synonym laziness It was sheer idleness that I never pursued this enquiry.
  2. 2the fact of not having work or of not being in use After a period of enforced idleness, she found a new job.