Definition of idler in English:



  • 1A person who avoids work or spends time in an aimless or lazy way.

    • ‘These lazy bastards owe me the next quarter's rent, but they can't pay, and I've no use for idlers!’
    • ‘Soon idlers like you will become the fossils of our past.’
    • ‘They can try to gussy it up all they want, but baseball remains essentially an idler's game, a backwater swimming hole where obsessives and slackers - and obsessive slackers - can hide out from the real world and float for a few hours at a time.’
    • ‘They who never go to the Holy Land in their walks, as they pretend, are indeed mere idlers and vagabonds; but they who do go there are saunterers in the good sense, such as I mean.’
    • ‘Hikers as well as idlers are particularly blessed, with sublime day-walks and longer trails soaring into the White Mountains.’
    • ‘There were legions of zombie idlers in the malls, the dead and gutted malls with high vacancy rates that wouldn't be resolved anytime soon.’
    • ‘For the true idler, skiving is a bit of a cop-out: it does not represent a true revolt against work and jobs.’
    • ‘Idle diners and dining idlers were amused and soothed.’
    • ‘This mistress is an unemployed idler who does not have a construction company and has never had anything to do with construction.’
    • ‘First, the British idler has a more formidable work culture to contend with.’
    • ‘Jobless idlers are easy targets for guerrilla leaders who want to add to their numbers.’
    • ‘As a result, British films and TV programmes are littered with images of the archetypal work-shy idler.’
    • ‘He is a worthless idler and possesses a certain rough eloquence of expression.’
    • ‘He may be, on the one hand, a cross-roads idler striving to get into the State Legislature.’
    • ‘Hodgkinson would be happy to know that over the years, I have become a bit of an idler.’
    • ‘To quote that great idler Jerome K Jerome, laziness is a subject on which I consider myself to be extremely au fait.’
    • ‘If you idlers must know, I woke up at dawn, began my five-mile run, followed by the usual regiment of calisthenics…’
    • ‘They then remove the track, track chains, sprocket, idler, and rollers.’
    • ‘The idlers were those without the self-discipline to hold a regular job, and others who have never really sought employment.’
    • ‘He loves the pleasures of old Paris and could be content to be like any other Euro idler, but events beckon his conscience to undertake a mission in counterespionage.’
    • ‘They are the heirs to an enormous soap fortune and are easily the worst idlers I have ever laid eyes upon.’
    loafer, layabout, good-for-nothing, ne'er-do-well, do-nothing, lounger, shirker, sluggard, slugabed, slug, laggard, malingerer
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  • 2A pulley that transmits no power but guides or stretches a belt or rope.

    • ‘The service rep had a look at it and said that it wasn't the water pump, but an idler pulley (just there to keep the belt running the right way), meaning that the repair would be even cheaper.’
    • ‘Once released, the logs crashed down, bouncing on the impact idlers before the belt shot them forward into the drum, and then I engaged the drive shaft.’
    • ‘Someone might have oiled the rollers and idler pulley with too much oil or have gotten oil in some place it is not supposed to be.’
    1. 2.1 An idle wheel.
      • ‘The undercarriage supports the house structure and includes the tracks, drive sprockets, rollers, and idlers.’
      • ‘The large drive sprocket is clearly visible to the front of the first road wheel and the idler wheel is at the back.’
      • ‘The drive sprocket is at the rear and the idler at the front, and there are no track return rollers.’
      • ‘Each side of the suspension system comprises six roadwheels with a front drive sprocket and a rear idler but no track return roller.’
      • ‘Check the bushing, idler, and driver wheel on the seed carrier.’