verb (used without object), daw·dled, daw·dling.
verb (used with object), daw·dled, daw·dling.
Origin of dawdle
Examples from the Web for dawdled
I have dawdled and dallied, and refused to face things long enough.The Halo|Bettina von Hutten
Usually I dress quickly, but this morning I just dawdled, to put off the evil moment as long as possible.We Ten|Lyda Farrington Kraus
When they had dawdled over the papers for an hour Miss Milbrey grew slightly restive.The Spenders|Harry Leon Wilson
She hurried, dawdled, finished the adventure almost at a run, then told the servant not to announce her.Fraternity|John Galsworthy
For a week, Creede and Hardy dawdled about the place, patching up the gates and fences and cursing the very name of sheep.Hidden Water|Dane Coolidge
British Dictionary definitions for dawdled
Word Origin for dawdle
Word Origin and History for dawdled
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.