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Footler vs. Idler — What's the Difference?

Footler vs. Idler — What's the Difference?

Difference Between Footler and Idler

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Footler

To waste time; trifle.
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Idler

A person who avoids work or spends time in an aimless or lazy way.
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Footler

To talk nonsense.
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Idler

A pulley that transmits no power but guides or stretches a belt or rope.
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Footler

Nonsense; foolishness.
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Idler

Not employed or busy
Idle carpenters.
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Footler

One who footles; a foolish trifler.
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Idler

Disinclined to work or be active; lazy
“a man who could seem idle, ignorant, even incompetent, yet was able to understand and to express ... the instincts, good and bad, of the American majority” (Godfrey Hodgson).
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Idler

Not in use or operation
Idle hands.
Idle mills.
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Idler

(Sports) Not scheduled to play a game
Both teams played today but will be idle tomorrow.
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Idler

Being a period of time in which there is little or no activity
Passed idle hours watching TV.
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Idler

Lacking substance, value, or basis
Idle speculation.
Idle threats.
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Idler

To pass time without being engaged in purposeful activity
“The girls idled all day long, sending their tinkling laughter flowing up and down the street” (Alai).
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Idler

To move slowly or without purpose
“I drove past the workshop ... I idled along the driveway past the pole fence ... to Tyhee Road” (Tom Spanbauer).
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Idler

To run at a slow speed or out of gear. Used of a motor or motor vehicle.
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Idler

To pass (time) without doing anything
Idle the afternoon away.
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Idler

To make or cause to be unemployed or inactive
Layoffs that idled 1,000 factory workers.
A plant that was idled by a strike.
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Idler

To cause (a motor, for example) to idle.
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Idler

A state of idling. Used of a motor vehicle
An engine running quietly at idle.
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Idler

A mechanism for regulating the speed at which an engine runs at rest
Set the idle higher to keep the motor from stalling.
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Idler

One who idles; one who spends his or her time in inaction.
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Idler

One who idles; a lazy person; a sluggard.
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Idler

Any member of a ship's crew who is not required to keep the night-watch
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Idler

A mechanical device such as a pulley or wheel that does not transmit power, but supports a moving belt etc.
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Idler

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

One who has constant day duties on board ship, and keeps no regular watch.
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Idler

An idle wheel or pulley. See under Idle.
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Idler

Person who does no work;
A lazy bum
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