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Not being used; idle
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  1. Not being used; idle
  2. Not employed; without work
Having no job.
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  1. Having no job.
  2. Lacking employment.
  3. Without a job; unemployed
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  1. Not being used; vacant or free
  2. Not busy, employed, or engaged; idle.
  3. (Of a house etc) Not inhabited, especially by a tenant
Inadequately educated; lacking art or knowledge; unrefined; uncultured; uncivilized.
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  1. Inadequately educated; lacking art or knowledge; unrefined; uncultured; uncivilized.
  2. Not cultivated by standard agricultural methods:
  3. Not cultivated by agricultural methods; not prepared for cultivation.
Of land, having not been tilled.
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  1. Of land, having not been tilled.
Untrained; inactive
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  1. Untrained; inactive
  2. Characterized by inactivity:
  3. Plowed but left unseeded during a growing season:
Not filled with activity or work; free; leisure
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  1. Not filled with activity or work; free; leisure
  2. Containing nothing; empty:
  3. Not occupied or put to use:
Uninhabited:
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  1. Uninhabited:
  2. Abandoned
  3. No longer occupied or used; abandoned:
Regarded or discarded as worthless or useless:
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  1. Regarded or discarded as worthless or useless:
  2. Excreted from the body:
  3. Left over, superfluous, refuse, or no longer of use
Not producing crops or fruit; having little or no vegetation
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  1. Not producing crops or fruit; having little or no vegetation
  2. That cannot produce offspring; sterile
  3. Lacking vegetation, especially useful vegetation:
Completely lacking; devoid:
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  1. Completely lacking; devoid:
  2. Containing no matter; empty.
  3. Having no effect or result; ineffective; useless
Having no one in it; unoccupied; vacant
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  1. Having no one in it; unoccupied; vacant
  2. Without meaning or force; insincere; vain
  3. Having nothing inside or on the surface; holding or containing nothing:
Given up; forsaken; deserted
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  1. Given up; forsaken; deserted
  2. (Geology) No longer being acted upon by the geologic forces that formed it.
  3. Self-abandoned, or given up to vice; immoral; extremely wicked, or sinning without restraint; irreclaimably wicked; as, an abandoned villain. [First attested from 1350 to 1470]
Without sound; quiet; silent
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  1. Without sound; quiet; silent
  2. (Film) Designating or of a single posed photograph or a photograph made from a single frame of a filmed sequence or scene, for use as in publicity
  3. Making or characterized by no sound or faint sound:
Not easily excited or disturbed
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  1. Not easily excited or disturbed
  2. Making or characterized by little or no noise:
  3. Still; calm; motionless
Having or making no motion.
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  1. Having or making no motion.
  2. At rest, stationary, immobile, not moving.
(Biology) In a temporary phase of not growing, dividing, or being active:
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  1. (Biology) In a temporary phase of not growing, dividing, or being active:
  2. That which rests; that which is not in action or in the process of growth.
  3. (Biol.) Remaining dormant for a period of time, as certain spores or eggs
Showing little or no activity or vitality; inactive or sluggish:
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  1. Showing little or no activity or vitality; inactive or sluggish:
  2. Foul from lack of movement
  3. Not flowing or moving, and often foul-smelling or stale:
Live, but not actively growing
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  1. Live, but not actively growing
  2. Present but not active or manifest though capable of becoming so:
  3. As if asleep; quiet; still
Tending to be physically or mentally inactive; dull; slow
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  1. Tending to be physically or mentally inactive; dull; slow
  2. Having inertia; without power to move, act, or resist
  3. Having or exhibiting little or no activity, esp. chemical activity
(Psychology) Relating to or being an inactive or submissive role in a relationship, especially a sexual relationship.
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  1. (Psychology) Relating to or being an inactive or submissive role in a relationship, especially a sexual relationship.
  2. Existing, conducted, or experienced without active or concerted effort:
  3. (Grammar) Of, relating to, or being a verb form or voice used to indicate that the grammatical subject is the object of the action or the effect of the verb. For example, in the sentence They were impressed by his manner, were impressed is in the passive voice.
No longer in existence, use, or operation:
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  1. No longer in existence, use, or operation:
  2. Marked for certain death; doomed:
  3. No longer having significance or relevance:
  1. Not influenced, affected or swayed.
  2. Remaining in its original, pristine state, undamaged.
  3. Not having come in contact.
Weakened or impaired by neglect, disuse, or lack of practice.
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  1. Weakened or impaired by neglect, disuse, or lack of practice.
  2. Having lost facility through lack of practice
  3. Not working freely, easily, or quietly because of, or as if because of, rust; stiff or rasping in operation
Covered or filled with dust.
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  1. Covered or filled with dust.
  2. Covered with dust; full of dust
  3. Like dust; powdery
Malfunctioning or not operating, especially temporarily:
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  1. Malfunctioning or not operating, especially temporarily:
  2. Low in spirits; depressed:
  3. Not permitted to advance further in the play because forward progress has stopped, especially by being tackled. Used of a ball carrier.
Failing to score a point:
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  1. Failing to score a point:
  2. Without meaning, relevance, or force; senseless; inane
  3. Ineffectual; useless:
Having no basis or foundation in fact; unfounded.
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  1. Having no basis or foundation in fact; unfounded.
  2. Of reasoning, that is based on something that is not true.
Extended over an irregular area; sprawling:
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  1. Extended over an irregular area; sprawling:
  2. Often or habitually roaming; wandering.
  3. Lengthy and digressive:
Without force or effect; futile, fruitless, unprofitable, unavailing, etc.
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  1. Without force or effect; futile, fruitless, unprofitable, unavailing, etc.
  2. Lacking substance or worth:
  3. Not yielding the desired outcome; fruitless:
Slow to heal
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  1. Slow to heal
  2. Causing little or no pain:
  3. Slow to heal, grow, or develop; inactive:
Lacking resourcefulness or efficiency; incompetent.
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  1. Lacking resourcefulness or efficiency; incompetent.
  2. Lacking ambition or purpose; lazy:
  3. Lacking the will or ability to do or accomplish; incapable, inefficient, lazy, etc.
Disinclined to work or exertion; lazy.
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  1. Disinclined to work or exertion; lazy.
  2. Characterized by sloth; indolent; lazy
  3. Lazy; inactive; sluggish; indolent; idle; tending to sloth.
To be or become slack; slacken
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  1. To be or become slack; slacken
  2. To be inactive or avoid work:
  3. In a slack manner:
To avoid or neglect (a duty or responsibility).
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  1. To avoid or neglect (a duty or responsibility).
  2. To neglect or evade doing (something that should be done)
  3. To avoid work or duty.
(Intransitive) To do nothing, to be idle.
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  1. (Intransitive) To do nothing, to be idle.
  2. To pass time at leisure; idle.
  3. (Cockney rhyming slang) To headbutt, (from loaf of bread)
Having or exhibiting little or no activity, esp. chemical activity
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  1. Having or exhibiting little or no activity, esp. chemical activity
  2. (Chemistry) Not readily reactive with other elements; forming few or no chemical compounds.
  3. Tending to be physically or mentally inactive; dull; slow
Not operative; not working; not functioning; without effect
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  1. Not operative; not working; not functioning; without effect
  2. Not working or functioning; either idle or broken
  3. No longer in force; countermanded:
Causing little or no pain:
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  1. Causing little or no pain:
  2. Disliking or avoiding work; lazy; idle
  3. Disinclined to exert oneself; habitually lazy.
Conducive to inactivity or indolence:
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  1. Conducive to inactivity or indolence:
  2. Depicted as reclining or lying on its side. Used of a brand on livestock.
  3. Not eager or willing to work or exert oneself; indolent; slothful
Untrustworthy as a result of being incompetent at the job
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  1. Untrustworthy as a result of being incompetent at the job
  2. Lacking the will or ability to do or accomplish; incapable, inefficient, lazy, etc.
  3. Lazy, unmotivated
Disinclined to work or exertion; lazy.
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  1. Disinclined to work or exertion; lazy.
  2. Characterized by sloth; indolent; lazy
  3. Lazy; inactive; sluggish; indolent; idle; tending to sloth.
Not active; slow or slow-moving; dull
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  1. Not active; slow or slow-moving; dull
  2. Slow to perform or respond to stimulation.
  3. Displaying little movement or activity; slow; inactive:
Showing no ambition or initiative; complacent
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  1. Showing no ambition or initiative; complacent
  2. Offering no initiative for change, especially in politics.
Not affecting the plane of polarized light: said of some isomers of certain optically active crystalline substances
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  1. Not affecting the plane of polarized light: said of some isomers of certain optically active crystalline substances
  2. (Physics) Showing no optical activity in polarized light
  3. Not active, temporarily or permanently
Not being used; idle
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  1. Not being used; idle
  2. Not employed; without work
Not in use or put to use.
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  1. Not in use or put to use.
  2. That has never been used
  3. Not used
Without an incumbent or occupant; unfilled:
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  1. Without an incumbent or occupant; unfilled:
  2. Not held, filled, or occupied, as a position or office
  3. Lacking expression; blank:
Lacking force or power:
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  1. Lacking force or power:
  2. Having nothing inside or on the surface; holding or containing nothing:
  3. Devoid; destitute:
Having a reverberating, sepulchral sound:
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  1. Having a reverberating, sepulchral sound:
  2. Without substance or character:
  3. Having a cavity, gap, or space within:
Useless; superfluous
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  1. Useless; superfluous
  2. Ineffective; futile
  3. Of no use; pointless or superfluous:
Not occupied or put to use:
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  1. Not occupied or put to use:
  2. Containing nothing; empty:
  3. Lacking expression; blank:
Having or showing excessive pride in one's appearance or accomplishments; conceited.
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  1. Having or showing excessive pride in one's appearance or accomplishments; conceited.
  2. Having no real value or significance; worthless, empty, idle, hollow, etc.
  3. Without force or effect; futile, fruitless, unprofitable, unavailing, etc.
Of reasoning, that is based on something that is not true.
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  1. Of reasoning, that is based on something that is not true.
  2. Having no basis or foundation in fact; unfounded.
  1. Difficult to understand; unfathomable.
  2. Nude, especially unclothed below the waist:
  3. Difficult or impossible to understand; unfathomable:
Having no ground or foundation; unsubstantiated:
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  1. Having no ground or foundation; unsubstantiated:
  2. Without any grounds to support it; baseless.
Not founded on fact or truth; baseless
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  1. Not founded on fact or truth; baseless
  2. Not based on fact or sound evidence; groundless:
  1. Not warranted; unjustified; being without warrant, authority, or guaranty; unwarrantable.
  2. Having no justification; groundless:
To live by begging and scavenging from place to place. Often used with around.
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  1. To live by begging and scavenging from place to place. Often used with around.
  2. To live as a bum or vagrant
  3. To pass time idly; loaf. Often used with around.
To pass time relaxing.
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  1. To pass time relaxing.
  2. To be idle; loaf:
  3. To be lazy or idle; loaf
To spend time idly; loiter or lounge about; idle, dawdle, etc.
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  1. To spend time idly; loiter or lounge about; idle, dawdle, etc.
  2. (Intransitive) To do nothing, to be idle.
  3. (Cockney rhyming slang) To headbutt, (from loaf of bread)
To stand idly about; linger without any purpose.
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  1. To stand idly about; linger without any purpose.
  2. (--- Law) To violate a law or ordinance that prohibits persons from remaining in a given location without a clear purpose for an extended period of time, especially when behaving in a manner indicating a possible threat to persons or property in the vicinity.
  3. To proceed slowly or with many stops:
To spend by lounging
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  1. To spend by lounging
  2. To pass (time) in a lazy, relaxed, or idle way:
  3. To move or act in a lazy, relaxed way; loll:
To avoid or neglect (a duty or responsibility).
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  1. To avoid or neglect (a duty or responsibility).
  2. To neglect or evade doing (something that should be done)
  3. To neglect or evade work, duty, etc.
(Vulgar Slang) To have intercourse with (a woman).
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  1. (Vulgar Slang) To have intercourse with (a woman).
  2. (Informal) To move back and forth in a jerky or rapid manner; jiggle
  3. (Slang) To waste time:
To shirk one's assigned duties or responsibilities.
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  1. To shirk one's assigned duties or responsibilities.
  2. (US slang, dated) To shirk or malinger
  3. (Mil. Slang) To shirk a duty or avoid work; loaf
To make a silly mistake; blunder:
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  1. To make a silly mistake; blunder:
  2. To spoil, as through clumsiness; bungle. Usually used with up:
  3. To waste or kill time:
(Intransitive) To play the fiddle idly.
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  1. (Intransitive) To play the fiddle idly.
  2. To waste (time)
To thwart passage of; veto:
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  1. To thwart passage of; veto:
  2. To destroy a vitally essential quality in:
  3. To spend (time) on matters of little or no importance
To pass without being put to use:
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  1. To pass without being put to use:
  2. To fail to take advantage of or use for profit; lose:
  3. (--- Slang) To kill; murder.
To spend (time) in a pleasant way; cause to pass idly
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  1. To spend (time) in a pleasant way; cause to pass idly
To beguile; lure
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  1. To beguile; lure
  2. To influence or lead by means of wiles; entice:
  3. To pass (time) agreeably:
To make immobile; prevent the movement of; keep in place
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  1. To make immobile; prevent the movement of; keep in place
  2. To impede movement or use of:
  3. To render motionless; to stop moving or stop from moving.
To be able to go no further; come to an end
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  1. To be able to go no further; come to an end
  2. To interrupt one's course or journey for a brief visit or stay. Often used with by, in, or off:
  3. To prevent the flow or passage of:
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