- to move with short, unsteady steps, as a young child.
- the act of toddling.
- an unsteady gait.
Origin of toddle
Examples from the Web for toddle
Historical Examples of toddle
I call him Toddle because that's about all he can do in the way of a walk.Bunny Brown and His Sister Sue in the Sunny South
Laura Lee Hope
Let's toddle along and see what Fu Manchu has to say for himself.Greener Than You Think
You say well, Haimet, it was before your day; you were only beginning to toddle about when he died.One Snowy Night
Emily Sarah Holt
She had from the time she could toddle around been constantly with her father.
He was the youngest of us, and could just toddle when Bill went away.The Two Whalers
- to walk with short unsteady steps, as a child does when learning to walk
- (foll by off) jocular to depart
- (foll by round, over, etc) jocular to stroll; amble
- the act or an instance of toddling
Word Origin for toddle
"to run or walk with short, unsteady steps," c.1600, Scottish and northern British, of uncertain origin, possibly related to totter (1530s); an earlier sense of "to toy, play" is found c.1500. Related: Toddled; toddling.