[ tod-l ]
/ ˈtɒd l /

verb (used without object), tod·dled, tod·dling.

to move with short, unsteady steps, as a young child.


the act of toddling.
an unsteady gait.

Origin of toddle

First recorded in 1490–1500; to(tter) + (wa)ddle Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for toddle

/ (ˈtɒdəl) /

verb (intr)

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

C16 (Scottish and northern English): of obscure origin
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