Old English idelnes "frivolity, vanity, emptiness; vain existence;" see idle + -ness. Old English expressed the idea we attach to in vain by in idelnisse. Spenser, Scott, and others use idlesse to mean the same thing in a positive, pleasant sense.
1. Idleness is a very bad thing for human nature.
2. Braccio was a hater of idleness.
3. The closure of the large factory made many workers live in idleness.
4. Idleness enervates the will to succeed.
5. Business may be troublesome, but idleness is pernicious.