Idly
Idly I"dly, adv. In a idle manner; ineffectually; vainly; lazily; carelessly; (Obs.) foolishly. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • idly — (adv.) O.E. idellice; see IDLE (Cf. idle) + LY (Cf. ly) (2) …   Etymology dictionary

  • idly — i|dly [ aıdli ] adverb 1. ) without any real purpose or reason: She sat in the waiting room, flicking idly through a magazine. 2. ) without doing anything: I lay idly on the rocks. stand/sit idly by to see something bad happening without trying… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • idly — UK [ˈaɪdlɪ] / US adverb 1) without any real purpose or reason She sat in the waiting room, flicking idly through a magazine. 2) without doing anything I lay idly on the rocks. • stand/sit idly by to see something bad happening without trying to… …   English dictionary

  • idly — adverb a) In an idle manner. I idly played with the paper, not even realizing I was folding it into a paper airplane. b) Without specific purpose, intent or effort …   Wiktionary

  • idly — adv. Idly is used with these verbs: ↑flick, ↑listen, ↑pick, ↑stand, ↑stroke, ↑watch, ↑wonder …   Collocations dictionary

  • idly — idle ► ADJECTIVE (idler, idlest) 1) avoiding work; lazy. 2) not working or in use. 3) having no purpose or basis: idle threats. ► VERB 1) spend time doing nothing. 2) (of an engine) run slowly w …   English terms dictionary

  • idly — adverb in an idle manner (Freq. 3) this is what I always imagined myself doing in the south of France, sitting idly, drinking coffee, watching the people • Syn: ↑lazily • Derived from adjective: ↑lazy (for: ↑lazily), ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • idly — adverb see idle I …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • idly — See idleness. * * * …   Universalium

  • idly — i·dly || aɪdlɪ adv. lazily, inactively, in an unproductive manner …   English contemporary dictionary

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