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
) empty, vacant while inconstant
is not constant; wavering.
As a verb idle
is to spend in idleness; to waste; to consume.
(lb) Empty, vacant.
Not turned to appropriate use; not occupied.
Not engaged in any occupation or employment; unemployed; inactive; doing nothing.
*: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.
*:“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.
(lb) Light-headed; foolish.
* 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.
* 1939 , Joan Evans, Chateaubriand (page 32)
- to idle in an IRC channel
Of an engine: to run at a slow speed, or out of gear; to tick over.
- 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
* inconstaunt (obsolete)