Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One who idles; one who spends his time in inaction.
  • n. One who idles; a lazy person; a sluggard.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who idles; one who spends his time in inaction; a lazy person; a sluggard.
  • n. One who has constant day duties on board ship, and keeps no regular watch.
  • n. An idle wheel or pulley. See under Idle.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who idles; one who spends his time in inaction, or without occupation or employment; a lounging or lazy person; a sluggard.
  • n. Nautical, a member of a ship's crew who is not required to keep night-watch.
  • n. On board a whaler, one who is not required to assist in the capture of whales.
  • n. In machinery, an idle-wheel.
  • n. In railroading, an empty car; an empty.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. person who does no work

Etymologies

idle +‎ -er (Wiktionary)

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