idle, adjective

In the obsolete noun phrase Idle Dick (or Idle Jack): a nickname for the grassbird Sphenoeacus afer of the Sylviidae; Lazy Dick, see lazy.
1884 Layard & Sharpe Birds of S. Afr. 281It (sc. Sphenoeacus afer)..will suffer itself to be taken with the hand rather than rise again; for this reason it has acquired the name of Idle Jack or Lazy Dick.
1893 A. Newton Dict. of Birds 458Idle Jack, a local name in the Cape Colony for Sphenoeacus africanus (Grass-bird).
1901 Stark & Sclater Birds of S. Afr. II. 168Sphenoeacus natalensis, Natal Grass-Bird..‘Idle Dick’ and ‘Lazy Dick’ of English Colonists.
1913 C. Pettman Africanderisms 223Idle Dick or Lazy Jack, Sphenœcicus natalensis. The common names of this bird in Natal.
a nickname for the grassbird Sphenoeacus afer of the Sylviidae; Lazy Dick, see lazy.
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