American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To take more time than necessary: dawdled through breakfast.
- v. To move aimlessly or lackadaisically: dawdling on the way to work.
- v. To waste (time) by idling: dawdling the hours away.
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.
- v. intransitive To spend time idly and unfruitfully, to waste time.
- v. transitive To spend (time) without haste or purpose.
- v. intransitive To move or walk lackadaisically.
- n. A dawdler.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To waste time in trifling employment; to trifle; to saunter.
- v. To waste by trifling.
- n. A dawdler.
- v. hang (back) or fall (behind) in movement, progress, development, etc.
- v. waste time
- v. take one's time; proceed slowly
- 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)
- Perhaps alteration of dialectal daddle, to diddle. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Recently, I made a little journal to try out what I thought would be the "dawdle" of bookbinding in danish: "bogbinderi" and have started filling it in.”
“Don't dawdle, because the Democrats will take up tax reform and have a range of good answers to choose from.”
“I pictured Liza practicing every possible pose a heroine could adopt in the romantic window seat, but there was no time for me to “dawdle” and try it out.”
“One saving grace about Medicare: it generally pays promptly, while private insurers will dawdle for months in paying even a simple claim.”
“You will not make the connection, because we will probably dawdle and delay without warning or explanation.”
“We couldn't dawdle, though, as dark clouds were gathering, so we turned and stepped as fast we could down the mountain.”
“Jean-Honoré Fragonard's "Rest on the Flight into Egypt," from circa 1750, at the Baltimore Museum of Art. (The Daily Pic will dawdle in its permanent collection for the rest of this week.)”
“Perhaps I will even dawdle a bit to read it again so it gives me that needed OOMPH to get moving.”
“You don't dawdle, you don't linger, you decide," he said.”
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