When you lay around in your pajamas instead of getting dressed in the morning and then you take an hour to get dressed, this is an example of a time when you dawdle.
Origin of dawdle; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps or akin to Middle English dadel(ing), chattering (of birds), dadelar, glib talker, probably of echoic origin, originally
verbdaw·dled, daw·dling, daw·dles
- To take more time than necessary: dawdled through breakfast.
- To move aimlessly or lackadaisically: dawdling on the way to work.
Origin of dawdlePerhaps alteration of dialectal daddle, to diddle.
(third-person singular simple present dawdles, present participle dawdling, simple past and past participle dawdled)
- A dawdler.
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.