from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A large bib or pinafore.
  • noun The hand.
  • To walk with tottering steps, like a child or an old man; waddle.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • intransitive verb To toddle; to walk unsteadily, like a child or an old man; hence, to do anything slowly or feebly.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb intransitive, archaic or dialectal To walk unsteadily; totter; dawdle
  • verb To diddle (cheat)


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Probably dade +‎ -le.



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  • Seems to be lots of semantic overlap between daddle, diddle, doddle and dawdle.

    August 11, 2012

  • And toddle.

    August 11, 2012

  • Indeed! And waddle, come to think of it.

    Interestingly the toddle page's resident etymologiser only offers 'origin unknown'.

    August 12, 2012

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