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
- n. A dawdler.
- intransitive v. To waste time in trifling employment; to trifle; to saunter.
- transitive v. To waste by trifling.
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
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.
The British had their own word "dawdle" which means wasting time or being lazy.
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.