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idle (adj.)
useless, barren, worthless
AC V.ii.50[Cleopatra to Proculeius] If idle talk will once be necessary
AW IV.iii.210[Parolles to First Soldier, of Bertram] a foolish idle boy, but for all that very ruttish
CE II.ii.187[Adriana to Antipholus of Syracuse] If aught possess thee from me, it is ... idle moss
KL I.ii.49[Gloucester reading Edgar's letter] I begin to find an idle and fond bondage in the oppression of aged tyranny
KL IV.iv.5[Cordelia to Doctor, of Lear] Crowned with ... all the idle weeds that grow / In our sustaining corn
LLL I.i.296[Berowne to himself] These oaths and laws will prove an idle scorn
MND IV.i.166[Demetrius to Theseus] my love to Hermia ... seems to me now / As the remembrance of an idle gaud / Which in my childhood I did dote upon
R3 III.i.103[York to Richard] You said that idle weeds are fast in growth
Sonn.122.3[of his tables] Which shall above that idle rank remain / Beyond all date event to eternity
TC V.i.27[Thersites to Patroclus] thou idle immaterial skein of sleave-silk
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