From Middle English ydelnesse, from Old English īdelnes, from Proto-West Germanic *īdalnassī, equivalent to idle + -ness. Cognate with Old Frisian īdelnisse (“idelness”), obsolete Dutch ijdelnis, Old Saxon īdalnussi (“idleness, vanity”), Old High German ītalnissa (“idleness, vanity, emptiness”).
- IPA(key): /ˈaɪdəlnəs/
- Hyphenation: idle‧ness
idleness (countable and uncountable, plural idlenesses)
- The state of being idle; inactivity.
- The state of being indolent; indolence.
- Groundlessness; worthlessness; triviality.
state of being idle; inactivity
groundlessness; worthlessness; triviality