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verb (used without object),daw·dled, daw·dling.
  1. to waste time; idle; trifle; loiter: Stop dawdling and help me with these packages!

  2. to move slowly, languidly, or dilatorily; saunter.

verb (used with object),daw·dled, daw·dling.
  1. to waste (time) by or as if by trifling (usually followed by away): He dawdled away the whole morning.

Origin of dawdle

First recorded in 1650–60; variant of daddle “to toddle”

synonym study For dawdle

1, 2. See loiter.

Other words for dawdle

Other words from dawdle

  • dawdler, noun
  • daw·dling·ly, adverb

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How to use dawdle in a sentence

  • This is the method of Vacuity or Dawdling formerly mentioned.

    Assimilative Memory | Marcus Dwight Larrowe (AKA Prof. A. Loisette)
  • An' ye aims ter trust ther life of ther only real man in these mountings ter ther dawdling of sonny?

    The Code of the Mountains | Charles Neville Buck
  • The men are doing something noble, not dawdling away these glorious days in selling tape and ribbons.

    Nurse and Spy in the Union Army | S. Emma E. Edmonds

British Dictionary definitions for dawdle


/ (ˈdɔːdəl) /

  1. (intr) to be slow or lag behind

  2. (when tr, often foll by away) to waste (time); trifle

Origin of dawdle

C17: of uncertain origin

Derived forms of dawdle

  • dawdler, noun
  • dawdlingly, adverb

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