verb (used without object), daw·dled, daw·dling.
verb (used with object), daw·dled, daw·dling.
Origin of dawdle
Examples from the Web for dawdle
I wandered on down the corridor to the elevator, to dawdle and not run into coarrivals.
I don't see how women can dawdle away their time so, when they've small families.Helen Grant's Schooldays|Amanda M. Douglas
Letters from Serbia seemed to dawdle unconscionably by the way.Far to Seek|Maud Diver
How can they expect to do anything if they dawdle away their time in this way!Parkhurst Boys|Talbot Baines Reed
British Dictionary definitions for dawdle
Word Origin for dawdle
Word Origin and History for dawdle
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.