- to waste time; idle; trifle; loiter: Stop dawdling and help me with these packages!
- to move slowly, languidly, or dilatorily; saunter.
- to waste (time) by or as if by trifling (usually followed by away): He dawdled away the whole morning.
Origin of dawdle
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Examples from the Web for dawdle
I wandered on down the corridor to the elevator, to dawdle and not run into coarrivals.My Fabulous Life
November 14, 2009
They go from the school-room to the rum saloons, and dawdle away the rest of the day.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
And they did not dawdle; the poor old woman was packed in, in the time one takes to sneeze.L'Assommoir
We did not dawdle over his affairs, nor did we shrink from any work to which he challenged us.Anabasis
Easy for sleepers to dawdle with words and say carelessly life is this, life is that.Erik Dorn
If we succeeded in getting what we had come after there would be plenty of time to dawdle.The Pirate of Panama
William MacLeod Raine
- (intr) to be slow or lag behind
- (when tr, often foll by away) to waste (time); trifle
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.