from The Century Dictionary.

  • In an idle manner; lazily; sluggishly; carelessly; vainly; uselessly; unprofitably; foolishly.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adverb In a idle manner; ineffectually; vainly; lazily; carelessly; (Obs.) foolishly.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adverb In an idle manner.
  • adverb Without specific purpose, intent or effort.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adverb in an idle manner


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