Today I came across the Japanese word which conveys the meaning of having a lot of free time, and is the opposite of busy. The closest word which I can think of is idle, but that word seems to mean more of a laziness rather than actually lacking something to do. Are there any other words that would convey this kind of meaning?
Leisurely (courtesy Andrew Leach)
Cooling one's heels
I don’t know what the Japanese word is, or how it is used in Japanese.
Is this “lack of something to do” actually desired by the non-worker, or forced upon him? That is, is this leisure or boredom?
If the lack of busyness is leisure, then leisured would fit; if it’s boredom because he would rather be doing something, then bored would fit.
How about Inactive?
- not active: an inactive volcano.
- sedentary or passive: an inactive life.
- sluggish; indolent.
- Military . not on active duty.
- Chemistry . a. inert; unreactive. b. noting a compound that has no effect on polarized light.
Or even quiet? (6, 7, and 13)
adjective, qui·et·er, qui·et·est.
- making no noise or sound, especially no disturbing sound: quiet neighbors.
- free, or comparatively free, from noise: a quiet street.
- silent: Be quiet!
- restrained in speech, manner, etc.; saying little: a quiet person.
- free from disturbance or tumult; tranquil; peaceful: a quiet life.
- being at rest.
- refraining or free from activity, especially busy or vigorous activity: a quiet Sunday afternoon.
- making no disturbance or trouble; not turbulent; peaceable: The factions remained quiet for twenty years.
- motionless or moving very gently: quiet waters.
- free from disturbing thoughts, emotions, etc.; mentally peaceful: a quiet conscience.
- said, expressed, done, etc., in a restrained or unobtrusive way: a quiet reproach; a quiet admonition.
- not showy or obtrusive; subdued: quiet colors.
- not busy or active: The stock market was quiet last week.
In a metaphoric sense:
Fallow: uncultivated for the current year.
Quiescent: inactive, dormant
Furloughed: unoccupied, inactive (usually due to lack of work)
I would offer the words clear or empty.
My plate is clear/empty.
My calendar is clear/empty.
You can also say that you have ample spare time.
And normally used for machinery but used for humans too, if something is not in use it is idle.