from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To take more time than necessary: dawdled through breakfast.
- intransitive v. To move aimlessly or lackadaisically: dawdling on the way to work.
- transitive v. To waste (time) by idling: dawdling the hours away.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To spend time idly and unfruitfully, to waste time.
- v. To spend (time) without haste or purpose.
- v. To move or walk lackadaisically.
- n. A dawdler.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To waste time in trifling employment; to trifle; to saunter.
- transitive v. To waste by trifling.
- n. A dawdler.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To idle; waste time; trifle; loiter.
- To waste by trifling: with away: as, to dawdle away a whole forenoon.
- n. A trifler; a dawdler.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. hang (back) or fall (behind) in movement, progress, development, etc.
- v. waste time
- v. take one's time; proceed slowly
Perhaps alteration of dialectal daddle, to diddle.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
This definition is lacking an etymology or has an incomplete etymology. You can help Wiktionary by giving it a proper etymology. First attested around 1656; variant of daddle ("to walk unsteadily"), perhaps influenced by daw, since the bird was regarded as sluggish and silly. Not in general use until around 1775. (Wiktionary)