- 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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Related Words for dawdlerdebtor, offender, hoodlum, felon, wrongdoer, lawbreaker, defaulter, vagrant, beggar, slowpoke, loafer, idler, dawdler, lounger, straggler, procrastinator, sluggard, slug, snail, plodder
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Contemporary Examples of dawdler
But he knows that he is just a dawdler compared to Chomsky, the great big mindbender.What Is Michel Gondry Doing With Noam Chomsky?
November 20, 2013
Historical Examples of dawdler
I am but a dawdler, a do-nothing, the butt and laughing-stock of all brave men.Helmet of Navarre
He had been called a dawdler and a trifler and a do-nothing.Under Handicap
And a weakling, a dawdler like himself, must reply to a hero like that!The Torrent
Vicente Blasco Ibaez
- (intr) to be slow or lag behind
- (when tr, often foll by away) to waste (time); trifle
Word Origin 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.