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.
Recent Examples of dawdle from the Web
The Legislature used to embarrass itself nearly every summer by fuming and fussing over a budget, dawdling far into the new fiscal year without a spending plan.
Melania can dawdle in New York waiting for her son to finish the school year.
Paul Zukunft, commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, warned Russia was building up a huge military and industrial presence in the region while the United States dawdled.
Gormley won this year’s Santa Anita Derby in a less-than-scintillating 1:51.16 for the mile and an eighth — the slowest running of the West Coast’s major Kentucky Derby prep since 1957 when Sir William dawdled home in 1:54.20.
As a child, Costa would dawdle in the deep gutters lining the streets near her home, the cool, mucky water providing her momentary pain relief.
Through the haze of scheming and months of posturing, dawdling and resistance, what has emerged is a snapshot of how the owners align.
Machinist dawdled in the parking lot, conferring with the factotum.
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Origin and Etymology of dawdle
First Known Use: circa 1656See Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of dawdle
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Definition of dawdle for English Language Learners
: to move or act too slowly
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