from The Century Dictionary.

  • An obsolete spelling of idle.


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  • Neverthelesse, you shall not imagine mee so unfurnished, but that I have left one in store; the conclusion whereof, may minister such instruction, as will not bee reputed for ydle and impertinent: but rather of such materiall consequence, as better hath not this day past among us.

    The Decameron 2004

  • French trot, everie step being ready to hoise him out of his saddle, hearing Giottos discreete answers to every ydle question he made (for indeede he was a very elegant speaker) began to peruse and surveigh him, even from the foote to the head, as we use to say.

    The Decameron 2004

  • Maestro Simone, an ydle-headed Doctor of Physicke, was throwne by Bruno and Buffalmaco, into a common Leystall of Filth: The

    The Decameron 2004

  • And fro thenceforth the graciousnes of the earth was also abated, and the francke fertilitie therof so withdrawen, that labour and swette, now wan1 lesse a great deale, then ydle lokyng on before tyme had done.

    The Fardle of Facions, conteining the aunciente maners, customes and lawes, of the peoples enhabiting the two partes of the earth, called Affricke and Asie 2004

  • But beside all these ydle allegations, would needs instruct his wife in an Almanacke or Kalender, which he had

    The Decameron 2004

  • To mee this appeareth a very ydle opinion, as already hath beene approved by the related discourses, and shall also bee made manifest by another of mine owne.

    The Decameron 2004

  • The monkes kepte them undre dust, ye, ydle-headed prestes regarded them not, theyr latter owners have most shamefully abused them, and ye covetouse merchantes have solde them away into foren nacyons for moneye. ''

    The Enemies of Books 1888

  • 'That you may see,' writes Spenser, 'that I am not alwaies ydle as yee think, though not greatly well occupied, nor altogither undutifull, though not precisely officious,

    A Biography of Edmund Spenser John W. Hales 1875

  • But mongst them all, which did Loues honor rayse no word was heard of her that most it ought, but she his precept proudly disobayes, and doth his ydle message set at nought.

    Amoretti and Epithalamion 1594

  • And that same glorious beauties ydle boast, is but a bayt such wretches to beguile: as being long in her loues tempest tost, she meanes at last to make her piteous spoyle.

    Amoretti and Epithalamion 1594


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