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I'DLY, adverb In an idle manner; without employment.

1. Lazily; sluggishly.

2. Foolishly; uselessly; in a trifling way.

A shilling spent idly by a fool, may be saved by a wiser person.

3. Carelessly; without attention.

4. Vainly; ineffectually; as, to reason idly against truth.