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[tod-l] /ˈtɒd l/
verb (used without object), toddled, toddling.
to move with short, unsteady steps, as a young child.
the act of toddling.
an unsteady gait.
Origin of toddle
First recorded in 1490-1500; to(tter) + (wa)ddle Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for toddle
Historical Examples
  • I call him toddle because that's about all he can do in the way of a walk.

  • Let's toddle along and see what Fu Manchu has to say for himself.

  • You say well, Haimet, it was before your day; you were only beginning to toddle about when he died.

    One Snowy Night Emily Sarah Holt
  • She had from the time she could toddle around been constantly with her father.

  • He was the youngest of us, and could just toddle when Bill went away.

    The Two Whalers W.H.G. Kingston
  • At the time, baby was quite able to walk—at least to waddle or toddle.

    The Buffalo Runners R.M. Ballantyne
  • I felt just as, I suppose, an infant does on his first trying to toddle.

    Paddy Finn W. H. G. Kingston
  • And how the old man did rejoice when the little thing could toddle into his pantry!

    Amos Huntingdon T.P. Wilson
  • He has served me ever since he was able to toddle and I have yet to find the first serious fault in him.

    Dorothy's House Party

    Evelyn Raymond
  • We may toddle to the altar yet, I said hysterically, when you are about eighty and I am seventy.

    The Romance of His Life

    Mary Cholmondeley
British Dictionary definitions for toddle


verb (intransitive)
to walk with short unsteady steps, as a child does when learning to walk
(foll by off) (jocular) to depart
(jocular) foll by round, over, etc. to stroll; amble
the act or an instance of toddling
Word Origin
C16 (Scottish and northern English): of obscure origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for toddle

"to run or walk with short, unsteady steps," c.1600, Scottish and northern British, of uncertain origin, possibly related to totter (1530s); an earlier sense of "to toy, play" is found c.1500. Related: Toddled; toddling.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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