"They're going to dinner; we oughtn't to be dawdling here," she said.
The six were dawdling away our time one fine Sunday in Lynhurst Park.
The plays were played very swiftly, without hesitation or dawdling over "business."
Either you must conquer your habit of dawdling,” he said, “or it will conquer you.
Why should these fifty idlers spend their days dawdling about the streets?
We have been dawdling about in this wretched country long enough.
“I measured it this morning while you were dawdling over your breakfast,” answered Croyden.
There was luncheon; some dawdling and scolding about the weather.
They wandered on, laughing and dawdling, and yielding to the drifting whims of aimless people.
We have dawdled to the end of the dawdling period, and come to the active one.
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.