What "idle" means?

I can't really find a meaning for this sentence: And I had thought his words idle.


May 28, 2018 10:01 AM
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Idle words are meaningless words. Words that are spoken that mean/come to/amount to nothing.

As a car's motor is idle (out of gear), so too 'idle words' (words that are spoken, that are just noise) .

"And I had though his words idle" : I had thought his words were nothing important, (just idle chatter, idle talk, ) but he was actually saying something important/meaningful.

May 28, 2018
In this case idle means not serious/without any particular purpose
May 28, 2018
If a person is idle, he is not doing anything.  There is an old saying, "Idle hands are the devil's workshop (the devil's opportunity)."
May 28, 2018
Thanks guys! Now is much clear.
May 28, 2018