Idle-worms [noun]: worms bred in the fingers of lazy girls (as described by Shakespeare in his play Romeo and Juliet “Not half so big as a round little worm, Pricked from the lazy finger of a maid.”
I think it’s safe to say that in this modern age, gender can be removed from the definition. After all, as a writer, I know the struggles of balancing work productivity with idleness. Sometimes as I hold my pen, I can say that I feel, what would then have been described as, idle-worms in my fingers.
Kacirk, Jeffrey. The Word Museum: The Most Remarkable English Ever Forgotten. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2000. 97. Print.