idly

All Adverb
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  • When the work was all done he stood idly looking out of the window. Cited from Big Brother, by Annie Fellows-Johnston
  • But she refused to tell him her address, which he idly asked her. Cited from Harvest, by Mrs. Humphry Ward [AKA: Mary Augusta Arnold Ward]
  • Almost every evening he would sit down at his piano and start playing idly. Cited from His Second Wife, by Ernest Poole
  • He sat idly in his cell when his work was done. Cited from Prisoners, by Mary Cholmondeley
  • He could live idly all his days and just have a good time -- make others happy, too. Cited from A Voice in the Wilderness, by Grace Livingston Hill
  • And the end dropped idly on the floor of the boat as he spoke. Cited from Follow My leader, by Talbot Baines Reed
  • Margaret watched them idly, thinking more about an expected letter than about the people. Cited from A Voice in the Wilderness, by Grace Livingston Hill
  • He watched idly the movement of the hand that wrote, and the written lines. Cited from Agatha's Husband, by Dinah Maria Craik (AKA: Dinah Maria Mulock)
  • Yet all the time we hold the great weapon idly in our hands, and fear to use it! Cited from The Continental Monthly, Vol. I, Feb, 1862, Number II, by Various
  • She was still looking up his way, the little mirror turning idly in her hand. Cited from The Lookout Man, by B. M. Bower
  • The two friends had been here above an hour -- it was an hour they thought not idly spent. Cited from Real Life In London, Volumes I and II, by Pierce Egan
  • I'm glad that we have not just been idly rich together. Cited from The Lighted Match, by Charles Neville Buck
  • Jack after a bit picked up the home paper, and idly started to open it. Cited from Motor Boat Boys Mississippi Cruise, by Louis Arundel
  • I shall make it brief, for we have no time to sit idly talking. Cited from The Girl in the Golden Atom, by Raymond King Cummings
  • She laughed at the idea and idly took up a paper lying at hand. Cited from The Odds, by Ethel M. Dell
  • Neither will sit by idly and watch an opponent show up their team.
  • He watched idly a young woman with two children who occupied a table directly in his line of vision. Cited from Blacksheep! Blacksheep!, by Meredith Nicholson
  • Toward the end of summer they went south again and wandered idly through pleasant places. Cited from The Young Trailers, by Joseph A. Altsheler
  • You would not be guilty of looking around or of talking idly to those near you. Cited from Baltimore Catechism No. 4 (of 4), by Thomas L. Kinkead
  • She sat in her seat and idly watched the children file out. Cited from The Second Chance, by Nellie L. McClung
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Meaning of idly

  • adverb In an idle manner
    this is what I always imagined myself doing in the south of France, sitting idly, drinking coffee, watching the people