dawdle

verb
daw·​dle | \ ˈdȯ-dᵊl How to pronounce dawdle (audio) \
dawdled; dawdling\ ˈdȯ-​dliŋ How to pronounce dawdle (audio) , -​dᵊl-​iŋ \

Definition of dawdle

intransitive verb

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

transitive verb

: to spend fruitlessly or lackadaisically dawdled the day away

Other Words from dawdle

dawdler \ ˈdȯ-​dlər How to pronounce dawdle (audio) , -​dᵊl-​ər \ noun

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delay, procrastinate, lag, loiter, dawdle, dally mean to move or act slowly so as to fall behind. delay usually implies a putting off of something (such as a beginning or departure). we cannot delay any longer procrastinate implies blameworthy delay especially through laziness or apathy. procrastinates about making decisions lag implies failure to maintain a speed set by others. lagging behind in technology loiter and dawdle imply delay while in progress, especially in walking, but dawdle more clearly suggests an aimless wasting of time. loitered at several store windows children dawdling on their way home from school dally suggests delay through trifling or vacillation when promptness is necessary. stop dallying and get to work

Examples of dawdle in a Sentence

Hurry up! There's no time to dawdle. Come home immediately after school, and don't dawdle.
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First Known Use of dawdle

circa 1656, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for dawdle

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3 Apr 2022

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“Dawdle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dawdle. Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for dawdle

dawdle

verb
daw·​dle | \ ˈdȯ-dᵊl How to pronounce dawdle (audio) \
dawdled; dawdling

Kids Definition of dawdle

1 : to spend time wastefully : dally He couldn't afford to dawdle. He was way behind the others …— Louis Sachar, Holes
2 : to move slowly and without purpose Don't dawdle in the hall.

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