Roget's Thesaurus: Entry 683 (Inactivity)

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#683. Inactivity. -- N. inactivity; inaction &c. 681; inertness &c. 172; obstinacy &c. 606. lull &c. (cessation) 142; quiescence &c. 265; rust, rustiness.

idleness, remissness &c. adj.; sloth, indolence, indiligence[obs]; dawdling &c. v. ergophobia[obs], otiosity[obs].

dullness &c. adj.; languor; segnity|, segnitude|; lentor[obs]; sluggishness &c. (slowness) 275; procrastination &c. (delay) 133; torpor, torpidity, torpescence[obs]; stupor &c. (insensibility) 823; somnolence; drowsiness &c. adj.; nodding &c. v.; oscitation[obs], oscitancy[obs]; pandiculation[obs], hypnotism, lethargy; statuvolence heaviness[obs], heavy eyelids.

sleep, slumber; sound sleep, heavy sleep, balmy sleep; Morpheus; Somnus; coma, trance, ecstasis[obs], dream, hibernation, nap, doze, snooze, siesta, wink of sleep, forty winks, snore; hypnology[obs].

dull work; pottering; relaxation &c. (loosening) 47; Castle of Indolence.

[Cause of inactivity] lullaby, sedative, tranquilizer, hypnotic, sleeping pill, relaxant, anaesthetic, general anaesthetic &c. 174; torpedo.

[person who is inactive] idler, drone, droil[obs], dawdle, mopus[obs]; do-little faineant[Fr], dummy, sleeping partner; afternoon farmer; truant &c. (runaway) 623: bummer|!, loafer, goldbrick, goldbicker, lounger, lazzarone[It]; lubber, lubbard[obs]; slow coach &c. (slow.) 275; opium eater, lotus eater; slug; lag|!, sluggard, slugabed; slumberer, dormouse, marmot; waiter on Providence, fruges consumere natus[Lat].

V. be inactive &c. adj.; do nothing &c. 681; move slowly &c. 275; let the grass grow under one's feet; take one's time, dawdle, drawl, droil[obs], lag, hang back, slouch; loll, lollop[obs]; lounge, poke, loaf, loiter; go to sleep over; sleep at one's post, ne battre que d'une aile[Fr][obs].

take it easy, take things as they come; lead an easy life, vegetate, swim with the stream, eat the bread of idleness; loll in the lap of luxury, loll in the lap of indolence; waste time, consume time, kill time, lose time; burn daylight, waste the precious hours.

idle away time, trifle away time, fritter away time, fool away time; spend time in, take time in; peddle, piddle; potter, pudder[obs], dabble, faddle fribble[obs], fiddle-faddle; dally, dilly-dally.

sleep, slumber, be asleep; hibernate; oversleep; sleep like a top, sleep like a log, sleep like a dormouse; sleep soundly, heavily; doze, drowze[obs], snooze, nap; take a nap &c. n.; dream; snore one's best; settle to sleep, go to sleep, go off to sleep; doze off, drop off; fall asleep; drop asleep; close the eyes, seal up the eyes, seal up eyelids; weigh down the eyelids; get sleep, nod, yawn; go to bed, turn; get some z's, stack z's [coll.].

languish, expend itself, flag, hang fire; relax.

render idle &c. adj.; sluggardize[obs]; mitigate &c. 174.

Adj. inactive; motionless &c. 265; unoccupied &c. (doing nothing) 681 unbusied[obs].

indolent, lazy, slothful, idle, lusk[obs], remiss, slack, inert, torpid, sluggish, otiose, languid, supine, heavy, dull, leaden, lumpish[obs]; exanimate[obs], soulless; listless; drony[obs], dronish[obs]; lazy as Ludlam's dog.

dilatory, laggard; lagging &c. v.; slow &c. 275; rusty, flagging; lackadaisical, maudlin, fiddle-faddle; pottering &c. v.;shilly-shally &c. (irresolute) 605.

sleeping, &c. v.; asleep; fast asleep, dead asleep, sound asleep; in a sound sleep; sound as a top, dormant, comatose; in the arms of Morpheus, in the lap of Morpheus.

sleepy, sleepful[obs]; dozy[obs], drowsy, somnolent, torpescent[obs], lethargic, lethargical[obs]; somnifacient[obs]; statuvolent[obs], statuvolic[obs]; heavy, heavy with sleep; napping; somnific[obs], somniferous; soporous[obs], soporific, soporiferous[obs]; hypnotic; balmy, dreamy; unawakened, unawakened.

sedative &c. 174.

Adv. inactively &c. adj.; at leisure &c. 685.

Phr. the eyes begin to draw straws; "bankrupt of life yet prodigal of ease" [Dryden]; " better 50 years of Europe than a cycle of Cathay" [Tennyson]; "idly busy rolls their world away " [Goldsmith]; "the mystery of folded sleep" [Tennyson]; "the timely dew of sleep" [Milton]; "thou driftest gently down the tides of sleep" [Longfellow]; "tired Nature's sweet restorer, balmy sleep" [Young].