[ dawd-l ]
/ ˈdɔd l /
verb (used without object), daw·dled, daw·dling.
to waste time; idle; trifle; loiter: Stop dawdling and help me with these packages!
to move slowly, languidly, or dilatorily; saunter.
verb (used with object), daw·dled, daw·dling.
to waste (time) by or as if by trifling (usually followed by away): He dawdled away the whole morning.
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Origin of dawdle
First recorded in 1650–60; variant of daddle “to toddle”
OTHER WORDS FROM dawdledawdler, noundaw·dling·ly, adverb
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How to use dawdle in a sentence
But he knows that he is just a dawdler compared to Chomsky, the great big mindbender.
He had been called a dawdler and a trifler and a do-nothing.
The pinch of necessity had come at last: the world no longer offered him the life of an elegant dawdler.
Indeed, I was a confirmed dawdler almost before I was able to think or act for myself.
And a weakling, a dawdler like himself, must reply to a hero like that!
You were never meant to become a cynical dawdler in a country house.
British Dictionary definitions for dawdle
(intr) to be slow or lag behind
(when tr, often foll by away) to waste (time); trifle
Derived forms of dawdledawdler, noundawdlingly, adverb
Word Origin for dawdle
C17: of uncertain origin
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