idle vs idol : Common Errors in English

About idle vs idol

Something or someone inactive is idle. The word can also mean “lazy” (“the idle rich”). Unemployed workers are said to be idle, fired ones to have been idled. A car engine can idle.Someone you admire or something you worship is an idol. But no matter how much you admire the former Monty Python actor, Eric Idle’s name should not be misspelled “Eric Idol.”

idle Meaning(s)

  • (n) the state of an engine or other mechanism that is idling
  • (v) run disconnected or idle
  • (v) be idle; exist in a changeless situation
  • (a) not in action or at work
  • (s) without a basis in reason or fact
  • (s) not in active use
  • (s) silly or trivial
  • (s) lacking a sense of restraint or responsibility
  • (s) not yielding a return
  • (s) not having a job

idol Meaning(s)

  • (n) a material effigy that is worshipped
  • (n) someone who is adored blindly and excessively
  • (n) an ideal instance; a perfect embodiment of a concept

idle in News

  1. ‘Idle No More’ Group Rallies In Downtown Juneau

    About 30 adults and children called for equality and greater subsistence fishery protection Wednesday morning in the ‘Idle No More’ rally in downtown Juneau. Several wore Native regalia, chanted songs, and danced as people took turns talking over a megaphone. Download Audio
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Alaska Public Radio Network

  2. New Canaan Kid Starts Campaign To Get Drivers To Idle Less

    NEW CANAAN, Conn. — New Canaan’s Reed Schultz, a student at the Brunswick School in Greenwich, has launched a public education campaign to get drivers to idle their cars less. “The time is now for all drivers, be they of cars, trucks, buses or vans, to take a turn ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: The Daily New Canaan

  3. Brunswick Student Starts Campaign To Get Drivers To Idle Less

    NEW CANAAN, Conn. — New Canaan’s Reed Schultz, a student at the Brunswick School in Greenwich, has launched a public education campaign to get drivers to idle their cars less. “The time is now for all drivers, be they of cars, trucks, buses or vans, to take a turn ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: The Daily Greenwich

idol in News

  1. Ex-'Idol' boss: Get Simon back

    Former "American Idol" boss Nigel Lythgoe has called for Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson to be reinstated as judges in a bid to save the flailing talent show.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: NBC NEWS

  2. Idol Finalist Adam Lambert Gets Serious On The Afternoon News

    American Idol Finalist Adam Lambert will be headlining the Pride in the Street Festival Saturday.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: CBS Pittsburgh

  3. 'Idol' replaces Nigel Lythgoe

    "American Idol" has a new executive producer, after letting go of Nigel Lythgoe: Per Blankens, most recently the executive producer on the Swedish version of "Idol," has been tapped to head the American version.
    on June 11, 2013 Source: MSNBC

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