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Meaning of IDLENESS

Pronunciation:  'Idulnus

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  having no employment
  2. [n]  the trait of being idle out of a reluctance to work

IDLENESS is a 8 letter word that starts with I.


 Synonyms: faineance, idling, loafing
 See Also: dolce far niente, inactivity, indolence, laziness



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\I"dle*ness\, n. [AS. [=i]delnes.]
The condition or quality of being idle (in the various senses
of that word); uselessness; fruitlessness; triviality;
inactivity; laziness.

Syn: Inaction; indolence; sluggishness; sloth.

Thesaurus Terms
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