Idol, idle and idyll | Words confused

These words often cause confusion.

Idle means ‘not active’.

  • An idle mind is a devil’s workshop.
  • When the factory closed many employees were left idle.
  • Just because you are old doesn’t mean you have to be idle.


An idol is an image of a God.

  • Hindus worship idols.

An idol can also be a person greatly admired.

  • Pele is a soccer idol.

An idyll is a literary work about the charming rustic life.

  • Tennyson wrote many idylls.
  • I enjoy reading idylls.


Manjusha Nambiar

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