tod·​dle | \ ˈtä-dᵊl How to pronounce toddle (audio) \
toddled; toddling\ ˈtäd-​liŋ How to pronounce toddling (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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When the toddler ran for the patio, the dad dashed after him, beer held aloft, toddling himself to avoid spillage. Andrew Simmons,, "Kid-friendly taprooms booming in the East Bay. Is that a good thing?," 13 Aug. 2019 The 2-year-old wants to toddle off on his own only to turn around and run back. Meghan Leahy, Washington Post, "Should she stay or should she go: Summer camp conundrum," 12 July 2019 The player is happy, the club are relieved to get rid and off the player toddles into the cash-rich sunset., "Marko Arnautovic: A Toxic Talent Who Deserves the Footballing Oblivion Awaiting Him in China," 11 July 2019 On my most recent visit, a child toddled through the grassy paths. Washington Post, "How a world-class chef blossomed in Napa Valley: The French Laundry turns 25," 3 July 2019 On my most recent visit, a child toddled through the grassy paths. Mary Beth Albright,, "How a world-class chef blossomed in Napa Valley: The French Laundry turns 25," 5 July 2019 Their 20-month-old son, Hiro, occasionally toddled into the conversation, cheerfully making a grab at a water glass or one of the cell phones recording the conversation. Eliza Brooke, Glamour, "Is the World Ready for Miki Agrawal and Her Next Big Idea?," 4 Apr. 2019 In the clip, Chi impressively toddles around the room in the stiletto heels and heads over to the couch to grab a bag to complete her ensemble. Kara Nesvig, Teen Vogue, "Kim Kardashian Posts Video of Chicago West Walking in Heels," 9 Mar. 2019 Or Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross wondering aloud why the workers didn’t just toddle over to the bank and take out loans? Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, "The Week in Washington: Trump’s Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day," 27 Jan. 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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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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to move or obtain by small maneuvers

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