verb \ˈd-dəl\

: to move or act too slowly

daw·dleddaw·dling \ˈd-dliŋ, -dəl-iŋ\

Full Definition of DAWDLE

intransitive verb
:  to spend time idly
:  to move lackadaisically
transitive verb
:  to spend fruitlessly or lackadaisically <dawdled the day away>
daw·dler \ˈd-dlər, -dəl-ər\ noun

Examples of DAWDLE

  1. Hurry up! There's no time to dawdle.
  2. Come home immediately after school, and don't dawdle.

Origin of DAWDLE

origin unknown
First Known Use: circa 1656

Rhymes with DAWDLE


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