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dawdle

[dawd-l] /ˈdɔd l/
verb (used without object), dawdled, dawdling.
1.
to waste time; idle; trifle; loiter:
Stop dawdling and help me with these packages!
2.
to move slowly, languidly, or dilatorily; saunter.
verb (used with object), dawdled, dawdling.
3.
to waste (time) by or as if by trifling (usually followed by away):
He dawdled away the whole morning.
Origin of dawdle
1650-1660
First recorded in 1650-60; variant of daddle to toddle
Related forms
dawdler, noun
dawdlingly, adverb
Synonyms
1, 2. See loiter. 3. fritter, putter, idle, trifle.
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  • In all that did not directly concern her he had dawdled, and Dorothy knew and resented it.

    Peak and Prairie Anna Fuller
  • For all that, he dawdled not a moment longer than he could help.

    Follow My leader Talbot Baines Reed
  • But of all my infant duties the one I dawdled over most was going to sleep.

    Parkhurst Boys Talbot Baines Reed
  • It was late in the afternoon before Patty dawdled downstairs.

    Patty's Success

    Carolyn Wells
  • We have dawdled to the end of the dawdling period, and come to the active one.

  • He dawdled two precious weeks away at Tours; then he went to Loches, and dawdled there.

    Joan of Arc Laura E. Richards
  • I exclaimed, as he dawdled up to me at the hot and dusty station.

  • Some dawdled, window shopped, or strolled along for the air.

    Combat Dallas McCord Reynolds
  • Time is too precious to be dawdled away then, and a man lives every minute of it.

  • Had we dawdled less we might have gone much earlier from Charing Cross.

    The Happy Golfer Henry Leach
British Dictionary definitions for dawdled

dawdle

/ˈdɔːdəl/
verb
1.
(intransitive) to be slow or lag behind
2.
when tr, often foll by away. to waste (time); trifle
Derived Forms
dawdler, noun
dawdlingly, adverb
Word Origin
C17: of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for dawdled

dawdle

v.

1650s, perhaps a variant of daddle "to walk unsteadily." Perhaps influenced by daw, because the bird was regarded as sluggish and silly. Not in general use until c.1775. Related: Dawdled; dawdling.

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