Definition of dawdle
dawdlingplay \ˈdȯ-dliŋ, -dəl-iŋ\
1 : to spend time idly < … dawdled about in the vestibule … — Jane Austen>
2 : to move lackadaisically <“I don't want you dawdling while you making deliveries for Mrs. Ford.” — Connie Porter>
: to spend fruitlessly or lackadaisically <dawdled the day away>
dawdlerplay \ˈdȯ-dlər, -dəl-ər\ noun
Examples of dawdle in a sentence
Hurry up! There's no time to dawdle.
Come home immediately after school, and don't dawdle.
Origin and Etymology of dawdle
First Known Use: circa 1656
Synonym Discussion of dawdle
DAWDLE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of dawdle for English Language Learners
: to move or act too slowly
DAWDLE Defined for Kids
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