Dawdle definition

dôdl
To waste (time) by idling.

Dawdling the hours away.

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To dawdle is defined as to waste time or to move excessively slowly.

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.

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To take more time than necessary.

Dawdled through breakfast.

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(intransitive) To spend time idly and unfruitfully, to waste time.
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To spend (time) without haste or purpose.

To dawdle away the whole morning.

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(intransitive) To move or walk lackadaisically.

If you dawdle on your daily walk, you won't get as much exercise.

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To waste (time) in trifling or by being slow; idle.
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To move aimlessly or lackadaisically.

Dawdling on the way to work.

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Origin of dawdle

  • Perhaps alteration of dialectal daddle to diddle

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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.

    From Wiktionary