verb (used without object), daw·dled, daw·dling.
verb (used with object), daw·dled, daw·dling.
Origin of dawdle
Synonyms for dawdle
Related Words for dawdlingprocrastinate, mosey, saunter, laze, loiter, trifle, loaf, tarry, amble, lag, dilly-dally, idle, stay, lounge, drag, poke, dally, toddle, loll, stroll
Examples from the Web for dawdling
Historical Examples of dawdling
The man who has a habit of dawdling or listlessness will show it in everything he does.How to Succeed
Orison Swett Marden
The six were dawdling away our time one fine Sunday in Lynhurst Park.Aladdin & Co.
They had been dawdling over the dishes, and their eyes had frequently met.Sister Carrie
Either you must conquer your habit of dawdling,” he said, “or it will conquer you.
How soon I again fell a victim to dawdling the sequel will show.
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.