Definition of dawdle
- … dawdled about in the vestibule …
- —Jane Austen
- "I don't want you dawdling while you making deliveries for Mrs. Ford."
- —Connie Porter
- dawdled the day away
Hurry up! There's no time to dawdle.
Come home immediately after school, and don't dawdle.
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drag one's feet (also drag one's heels), drop behind, fall behind, hang fire, mark time, take one's time;
: to move or act too slowly
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investment of mental or emotional energy
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