But he knows that he is just a dawdler compared to Chomsky, the great big mindbender.
He had been called a dawdler and a trifler and a do-nothing.
I am but a dawdler, a do-nothing, the butt and laughing-stock of all brave men.
And a weakling, a dawdler like himself, must reply to a hero like that!
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.