verb (used without object), daw·dled, daw·dling.
verb (used with object), daw·dled, daw·dling.
- davys, john,
- dawes act of 1887,
- dawes plan,
- dawes, charles gates,
- dawes, william
Origin of dawdle
Examples from the Web for dawdling
Angela takes the parish work; and it would be a sin and shame to waste my education in dawdling here.The Pillars of the House, Vol. II (of 2)|Charlotte M. Yonge
For another hour he kept patient, dawdling in Turner's place and giving as good as he got in the way of badinage.The Sheriff of Badger|George B. Pattullo
There is no dawdling among the waiters; they are all busy; every one of them is wanted.A Distinguished Provincial at Paris|Honore de Balzac
"We must not be dawdling here," said the corporal, as soon as the door was closed.The Honor of the Name|Emile Gaboriau
Ruth and Peter are dawdling along, each on their own; I like to shoot through a gallery.The Girl with the Green Eyes|Clyde Fitch
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.