Dawdling the hours away.
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.
Dawdled through breakfast.
To dawdle away the whole morning.
If you dawdle on your daily walk, you won't get as much exercise.
Dawdling on the way to work.
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.