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dawdle

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1 to move or act slowly
  • If you continue to dawdle, we'll be late for sure.
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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

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2 to spend time doing nothing
  • accused the city council of dawdling even as the city's infrastructure continued to crumble
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kill time, twiddle one's thumbs

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Synonym Discussion of dawdle

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


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