Difference between Lazy and Idle

Here you will learn the difference between Lazy and Idle. You will also learn the meaning of an English expression bone idle.

Knowing the difference between these 2 confusing English words will help you improve your English speaking and writing skills.

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Difference between Lazy and Idle

Difference between Lazy and Idle

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Hi there, this is Harry, your English teacher, and welcome back to English in a Minute video lessons.  

Here I’m trying to explain the difference between English words that have a similar meaning and you might get a little bit confused. 

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The words for today are Lazy and Idle. Let’s review what is the difference between Lazy and Idle.

Difference between Lazy and Idle

lazy

is when somebody just won’t do anything permanently

Examples:

🔸 She’s a lazy girl. Never picks up a book and won’t do her homework.

🔸 He is so lazy that he always misses school and spends most of his day in bed.

🔸 Sam was very lazy and never wanted to work.

Difference between Lazy and Idle

idle

is temporary, at the moment something or someone isn’t doing anything

Examples:

🔸 The machine is idle because it’s broken and has to be fixed. (Once it is fixed, it’ll be working again.)

🔸 The man is idle because the factory has closed due to COVID. (As soon as COVID is over, he’ll be working again.)

Difference between Lazy and Idle

However, there is a similarity when we use the expression bone idle.

bone idle

Meaning: that someone is very very lazy or stays idle all the time

Examples:

🔸He’s so bone idle that he’s never earned a penny in his life.

🔸Some people are so bone idle that they can’t get up before lunchtime.

Bone Idle Meaning

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