Idle vs Inconstant - What's the difference?

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Idle is a related term of inconstant.

As adjectives the difference between idle and inconstant

is that idle is (lb) empty, vacant while inconstant is not constant; wavering.

As a verb idle

is to spend in idleness; to waste; to consume.



(wikipedia idle)


(en adjective)
  • (lb) Empty, vacant.
  • Not turned to appropriate use; not occupied.
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  • Not engaged in any occupation or employment; unemployed; inactive; doing nothing.
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  • *:Molly the dairymaid came a little way from the rickyard, and said she would pluck the pigeon that very night after work. She was always ready to do anything for us boys; and we could never quite make out why they scolded her so for an idle hussy indoors. It seemed so unjust. Looking back, I recollect she had very beautiful brown eyes.
  • Averse to work, labor or employment; lazy; slothful.
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  • *:“I don't mean all of your friends—only a small proportion—which, however, connects your circle with that deadly, idle , brainless bunch—the insolent chatterers at the opera, the gorged dowagers, the worn-out, passionless men, the enervated matrons of the summer capital,!”
  • Of no importance; useless; worthless; vain; trifling; thoughtless; silly.
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  • (lb) Light-headed; foolish.
  • :(Ford)
  • Derived terms

    * idle hands are the devil's workshop * idle pulley * idle wheel


    * See also


  • To spend in idleness; to waste; to consume.
  • To lose or spend time doing nothing, or without being employed in business.
  • to idle in an IRC channel
  • * 1939 , Joan Evans, Chateaubriand (page 32)
  • He had already heard of the young man's projected journey — evidently the Comte de Combourg had written many letters while his son idled at St. Malo
  • Of an engine: to run at a slow speed, or out of gear; to tick over.
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    Alternative forms

    * inconstaunt (obsolete)


    (en adjective)
  • Not constant; wavering.