dawdle

  • 1 Dawdle — Daw dle (d[add] d l), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Dawdled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Dawdling}.] [Cf. {Daddle}.] To waste time in trifling employment; to trifle; to saunter. [1913 Webster] Come some evening and dawdle over a dish of tea with me. Johnson. [1913… …

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  • 2 Dawdle — Daw dle, v. t. To waste by trifling; as, to dawdle away a whole morning. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 3 Dawdle — Daw dle, n. A dawdler. Colman & Carrick. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 4 dawdle — index pause, procrastinate, stall Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

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  • 5 dawdle — 1650s, perhaps a variant of daddle to walk unsteadily. Perhaps influenced by DAW (Cf. daw), since the bird was regarded as sluggish and silly. Not in general use until c.1775. Related: Dawdled; dawdling …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 6 dawdle — *delay, procrastinate, loiter, lag Analogous words: linger, tarry, wait, *stay: *trifle, toy, dally: *play, sport, disport Contrasted words: *stir, rally, rouse, arouse: hurry, hasten, *speed …

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  • 7 dawdle — [v] delay; waste time amble, bum around*, dally, diddle daddle*, dilly dally*, drag, fool around*, fritter away*, get no place fast*, goof off*, hang around*, hang out*, idle, lag, laze, lazy, loaf, loiter, loll, lounge, mosey*, poke*,… …

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  • 8 dawdle — ► VERB ▪ move slowly; take one s time. DERIVATIVES dawdler noun. ORIGIN related to dialect daddle, doddle dally …

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  • 9 dawdle — [dôd′ l] vi., vt. dawdled, dawdling [< ? or akin to ME dadel(ing), chattering (of birds), dadelar, glib talker, prob. of echoic orig.] to waste (time) in trifling or by being slow; idle: often with away SYN. LOITER dawdler n …

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  • 10 dawdle — [[t]dɔ͟ːd(ə)l[/t]] dawdles, dawdling, dawdled 1) VERB If you dawdle, you spend more time than is necessary going somewhere. Eleanor will be back any moment, if she doesn t dawdle... They dawdled arm in arm past the shopfronts. 2) VERB If you… …

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  • 11 dawdle — v. (D; intr.) ( to waste time ) to dawdle over * * * [ dɔːdl] (D; intr.) ( to waste time ) to dawdle over …

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  • 12 dawdle — daw|dle [ˈdo:dl US ˈdo: ] v to take a long time to do something or walk somewhere ▪ Don t dawdle we re late already! dawdle over ▪ I dawdled over a second cup of coffee. >dawdler[i] n …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 13 dawdle — UK [ˈdɔːd(ə)l] / US [ˈdɔd(ə)l] verb [intransitive] Word forms dawdle : present tense I/you/we/they dawdle he/she/it dawdles present participle dawdling past tense dawdled past participle dawdled to go somewhere, or to do something, so slowly that …

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  • 14 dawdle — /ˈdɔdəl / (say dawduhl) verb (i) (dawdled, dawdling) 1. to waste time; idle; trifle. 2. to walk slowly or lag behind others. –phrase 3. dawdle away, to waste (time) by trifling: to dawdle away the hours. {? variant of daddle toddle} –dawdler,… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 15 dawdle — verb (I) to take a long time to do something or go somewhere: Don t dawdle we re late already! (+ over): I dawdled over a second cup of coffee. dawdler noun (C) …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16 dawdle — verb (dawdled; dawdling) Etymology: origin unknown Date: circa 1656 intransitive verb 1. to spend time idly 2. to move lackadaisically transitive verb to spend fruitlessly or lackadaisically < dawdled the day away > …

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  • 17 dawdle — dawdler, n. dawdlingly, adv. /dawd l/, v., dawdled, dawdling. v.i. 1. to waste time; idle; trifle; loiter: Stop dawdling and help me with these packages! 2. to move slowly, languidly, or dilatorily; saunter. v.t. 3. to waste (time) by or as if by …

    Universalium

  • 18 dawdle — verb a) To spend time idly and unfruitfully, to waste time. b) To spend time without haste or purpose …

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  • 19 dawdle — Synonyms and related words: abide, await, bide, bide the issue, clock watcher, continue, dallier, dally, dawdler, delay, diddle, diddler, dillydallier, dillydally, do nothing, dolittle, doodle, doodler, drag, drag out, draw out, drone, dwell on,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 20 dawdle — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. i. idle, loiter, loaf, waste or kill time, goldbrick (inf.), goof off (sl.). See inactivity, slowness. II (Roget s IV) v. Syn. loaf, idle, lounge; see loiter . See Synonym Study at loiter . III (Roget …

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