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idle

Edited by T. F. Hoad

in The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology

Published in print January 1996 | ISBN: 9780192830982
Published online January 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191727153
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†empty; worthless, useless; doing nothing, inactive OE.; lazy, indolent XIII. OE. īdel = OS. īdal empty, worthless (Du. ijdel),

Reference Entry.  31 words. 

Subjects: History of English

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