Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Sauntering; idling.

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  • verb Present participle of dawdle.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the deliberate act of delaying and playing instead of working

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Examples

  • Given the ineptitudes that followed — the Nannygate flap over Attorney General — designate Zoe Baird, gays in the military, Whitewater's first stirrings, the Mogadishu debacle — his dawdling is understandable.

    Policy Wank

  • Given the ineptitudes that followed — the Nannygate flap over Attorney General — designate Zoe Baird, gays in the military, Whitewater's first stirrings, the Mogadishu debacle — his dawdling is understandable.

    Policy Wank

  • I know you couldn't have like the word "dawdling" - but there was no such hesitation the 1st time around for the 21,000 troops (which was a 40% increase, then) and now I believe that the delay was purely a PR stunt, to make it seem like he's agonizing (as much as that's possible, from his 2 weeks at Cape Cod to being in a tuxedo, 2-3x a week) ...

    Room Eight

  • HENRY: There's also risks political risks for Democrats if they appear to be dawdling, which is why they're also sounding a rare note of bipartisanship.

    CNN Transcript Jan 22, 2008

  • HENRY: There's also risks political risks for Democrats if they appear to be dawdling, which is why they're also sounding a rare note of bipartisanship.

    CNN Transcript Jan 22, 2008

  • No man can associate the idea of dawdling with Jenkins and his Guides, yet the Guides reaching Jellalabad on October 12th were not at Gundamuk until the 23d, and Gundamuk is but thirty miles beyond

    The Afghan Wars 1839-42 and 1878-80

  • You can spend three hours on a single sentence, trying to get it just right, perfect -- a wonderful luxury, the kind of dawdling that's usually impossible with a novel.

    Anis Shivani: Short Stories: Writers Talk About The Form To Anis Shivani

  • You can spend three hours on a single sentence, trying to get it just right, perfect -- a wonderful luxury, the kind of dawdling that's usually impossible with a novel.

    Anis Shivani: Short Stories: Writers Talk About The Form To Anis Shivani

  • HENRY: There's also political risk for Democrats if they appear to be dawdling which is why they're also sounding a rare note of bipartisanship.

    CNN Transcript Jan 22, 2008

  • Government had expressed "astonishing denialism" over the matter and its "dawdling" had fuelled a media frenzy which an inquiry and

    ANC Daily News Briefing

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  • My adjectival use: 'The dawdling children will be late for class.;

    August 22, 2011