idlesse
noun Etymology: Middle English, from idle + -esse (as in richesse wealth) — more at riches Date: 15th century the quality or state of being idle ; idleness

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  • idlesse — [īd′les΄] n. [< IDLE + ESS: a pseudo archaic coinage] Old Poet. idleness; indolence …   English World dictionary

  • Idlesse — Idless I dless, Idlesse I dlesse, n. Idleness. [Archaic] In ydlesse. Spenser. [1913 Webster] And an idlesse all the day Beside a wandering stream. Mrs. Browning. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • idlesse — /uyd les/, n. idleness. [1590 1600; IDLE + esse, as in finesse, etc.] * * * …   Universalium

  • idlesse — n. idleness, laziness; uselessness, worthlessness, triviality; inactivity …   English contemporary dictionary

  • idlesse — ˈīdlə̇s, īdˈles noun ( s) Etymology: idle (I) + Middle English esse (as in richesse wealth) more at riches : idleness …   Useful english dictionary

  • Idless — I dless, Idlesse I dlesse, n. Idleness. [Archaic] In ydlesse. Spenser. [1913 Webster] And an idlesse all the day Beside a wandering stream. Mrs. Browning. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Tizi N'Berber — Mairie de Tizi N Berber Administration Nom algérien تيزى نبربر Pays …   Wikipédia en Français

  • idleness — (n.) O.E. idelnes frivolity, vanity, emptiness; vain existence; see IDLE (Cf. idle) + NESS (Cf. ness). Old English expressed the idea we attach to in vain by in idelnisse. Spenser, Scott, and others use idlesse to mean the same thing in a… …   Etymology dictionary

  • idleness — n 1. inoccupation, unemployment, idle hands, idle hours, time on one s hands; leisure, ease, Chiefly Literary. idlesse, spare time, free time, Inf. time to burn, Inf. dodge time, command time; vacation, recess, Inf. letup. 2. inertness, inertia,… …   A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

  • i|dlesse — «Y dlihs», noun. Archaic. idleness: »The tables were drawn, it was idlesse all (Scott). ╂[a coined variant of idleness] …   Useful english dictionary

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