tod·​dle | \ ˈtä-dᵊl How to pronounce toddle (audio) \
toddled; toddling\ ˈtäd-​liŋ How to pronounce toddle (audio) , ˈtä-​dᵊl-​iŋ \

Definition of toddle

intransitive verb

1 : to walk with short tottering steps in the manner of a young child
2 : to take a stroll : saunter

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Other Words from toddle

toddle noun

Examples of toddle in a Sentence

The little boy toddled across the room. I toddled off to the pub for a pint. She toddled off to bed.
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Recent Examples on the Web But the room had no lock and her three-year-old toddled into the room any time her father’s attention drifted, running to hug her mother. Ellen Barry, New York Times, 25 Apr. 2020 The latter estimate is probably closer, given the 50-year-old Baby Yoda’s representation as a toddling baby. Eric Spitznagel, Popular Mechanics, 2 Dec. 2019 Robert Kelly, an American academic, was discussing South Korean politics live on BBC World News when his two small children, eager for daddy’s attention, toddled into the room to interrupt him. The Economist, 14 Nov. 2019 On my most recent visit, a child toddled through the grassy paths. Washington Post, 3 July 2019 After briefly stepping away from the festivities, Garcia was told that her 18-month-old daughter, Addison Gonzalez, had toddled toward the back of the house with her brother. Lauren Caruba,, 8 Oct. 2019 In search of a bit of solace, Grace thereupon toddles off to Sunday mass; naturally, Edward is a non-believer. Todd Mccarthy, The Hollywood Reporter, 7 Sep. 2019 In May, the Cambridges’ Instagram account posted photos and videos of Kate and William’s children at the Chelsea Flower Show, including one in which the youngest, Prince Louis, is seen toddling for the first time. K.j. Yossman, Marie Claire, 5 Sep. 2019 On my most recent visit, a child toddled through the grassy paths. Washington Post, 3 July 2019

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First Known Use of toddle

circa 1600, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for toddle

origin unknown

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The first known use of toddle was circa 1600

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“Toddle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of toddle

of a young child : to walk with short, unsteady steps
: to walk along in a slow and relaxed way


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