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Is idle a Scrabble word?

Yes. The word idle is a Scrabble US word. The word idle is worth 5 points in Scrabble:

I1D2L1E1

Is idle a Scrabble UK word?

Yes. The word idle is a Scrabble UK word and has 5 points:

I1D2L1E1

Is idle a Words With Friends word?

Yes. The word idle is a Words With Friends word. The word idle is worth 6 points in Words With Friends (WWF):

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Valid words made from Idle

You can make 22 words from 'idle' in our Scrabble US and Canada dictionary.


4 letters words from 'idle'

DEIL 5DELI 5
DIEL 5EILD 5
IDLE 5LIED 5

3 letters words from 'idle'

DEI 4DEL 4
DIE 4ELD 4
IDE 4LED 4
LEI 3LID 4
LIE 3 

2 letters words from 'idle'

DE 3DI 3
ED 3EL 2
ID 3LI 2

All 4 letters words made out of idle

idle dile ilde lide dlie ldie idel diel iedl eidl deil edil iled lied ield eild leid elid dlei ldei deli edli ledi eldi

Note: these 'words' (valid or invalid) are all the permutations of the word idle. These words are obtained by scrambling the letters in idle.

Definitions and meaning of idle

idle

Etymology

From Middle English idel, ydel, from Old English īdel, from Proto-Germanic *īdalaz. Cognate with Dutch ijdel (vain, meaningless), German Low German iedel (vain, idle), German eitel (vain, conceited), and possibly Old Norse illr ("bad"; > English ill).

Pronunciation

  • enPR: īʹd(ə)l, IPA(key): /ˈaɪd(ə)l/
  • Rhymes: -aɪdəl
  • Homophones: idol, idyll, idyl (US pronunciation)

Adjective

idle (comparative more idle, superlative most idle)

  1. (obsolete) Empty, vacant.
  2. Not being used appropriately; not occupied; (of time) with no, no important, or not much activity.
  3. Not engaged in any occupation or employment; unemployed; inactive; doing nothing in particular.
  4. 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, []!”
  5. Of no importance; useless; worthless; vain; trifling; thoughtless; silly.
  6. (obsolete) Light-headed; foolish.
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Synonyms

  • (of no importance): pointless
  • See also Thesaurus:lazy

Derived terms

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Verb

idle (third-person singular simple present idles, present participle idling, simple past and past participle idled)

  1. (transitive) To spend in idleness; to waste; to consume.
  2. (intransitive) 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 []
  3. (intransitive) Of an engine: to run at a slow speed, or out of gear; to tick over.

Derived terms

  • idler

Related terms

  • (sense 3) idling speed

Translations

Noun

idle (plural idles)

  1. The state of idling, of being idle.
  2. (gaming) An idle animation.
  3. (gaming) An idle game.
    Synonyms: idle game, incremental game

References

  • idle on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
  • idle in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.
  • idle in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.

Anagrams

  • Diel, deli, diel, eild, lied

Source: wiktionary.org
  • inactive.
    (source: Collins Scrabble Dictionary)