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dawdle

[ dawd-l ]
/ ˈdɔd l /
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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”

synonym study for dawdle

1, 2. See loiter.

OTHER WORDS FROM dawdle

dawdler, noundaw·dling·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for dawdle

dawdle
/ (ˈdɔːdəl) /

verb

(intr) to be slow or lag behind
(when tr, often foll by away) to waste (time); trifle

Derived forms of dawdle

dawdler, noundawdlingly, adverb

Word Origin for dawdle

C17: of uncertain origin
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