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  • n. Idleness; vanity.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Idleness.

Etymologies

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From Middle English idelhed ("vanity"), equivalent to idle +‎ -head. Cognate with Scots ydilheid ("idleness"), Dutch ijdelheid ("vanity, vainglory"), Middle Low German idelheit ("idleness"), German Eitelkeit ("vanity, conceit, vainness, idleness"). Compare idlehood.

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