That's what we thought in the days when we dawdled over Latin exercises.
In all that did not directly concern her he had dawdled, and Dorothy knew and resented it.
But of all my infant duties the one I dawdled over most was going to sleep.
We have dawdled to the end of the dawdling period, and come to the active one.
We dawdled at our friends' house and breakfasted, and said good-by to our worthy landlord.
He dawdled two precious weeks away at Tours; then he went to Loches, and dawdled there.
Lucy tripped away, right well pleased, and Mollie dawdled the time over her supper and a book.
I exclaimed, as he dawdled up to me at the hot and dusty station.
Until a quarter to three he expertly shuffled and dawdled and evaded.
Some dawdled, window shopped, or strolled along for the air.
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.