Definition of idly adverb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈaɪdli//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈaɪdli//
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without any particular reason, purpose or effort; doing nothing She sat in the sun, idly sipping a cool drink. He wondered idly what would happen. We can't stand idly by (= do nothing) and let people starve.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: idly