dawdle

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v dawdle hang (back) or fall (behind) in movement, progress, development, etc.
    • v dawdle waste time "Get busy--don't dally!"
    • v dawdle take one's time; proceed slowly
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Dawdle A dawdler.
    • v. t Dawdle To waste by trifling; as, to dawdle away a whole morning.
    • v. i Dawdle To waste time in trifling employment; to trifle; to saunter. "Come some evening and dawdle over a dish of tea with me.""We . . . dawdle up and down Pall Mall."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • dawdle To idle; waste time; trifle; loiter.
    • dawdle To waste by trifling: with away: as, to dawdle away a whole forenoon.
    • n dawdle A trifler; a dawdler.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Dawdle daw′dl to waste time by trifling: to act or move slowly
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. Daddle
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Allied to dandle and dandy.

Usage

In literature:

About this time the female lynx met her fate in an encounter with a fat porcupine who dawdled across her trail.
"Followers of the Trail" by Zoe Meyer
If we succeeded in getting what we had come after there would be plenty of time to dawdle.
"The Pirate of Panama" by William MacLeod Raine
Didn't know how the fellow had the face to turn up at all, after dawdling away an extra six months.
"The Love Affairs of Pixie" by Mrs George de Horne Vaizey
He gave up dawdling, and fought it out briskly.
"Lines in Pleasant Places" by William Senior
The six were dawdling away our time one fine Sunday in Lynhurst Park.
"Aladdin & Co." by Herbert Quick
He dawdled at Dodsley's, visited with the callers and browsed among the books.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 7" by Elbert Hubbard
One gets tired of dawdling about on a magnified frog-pond.
"A Venetian June" by Anna Fuller
We shan't have time if you dawdle on here.
"Lalage's Lovers" by George A. Birmingham
To Dick's friends this long summer dawdled itself away much as the previous one had done.
"Jewel Weed" by Alice Ames Winter
There was no dawdling over dressing on this occasion.
"A Little Miss Nobody" by Amy Bell Marlowe
A dawdling August Perseid scratched a thin mark of light across the blackness.
"Vigorish" by Gordon Randall Garrett
We dawdled over dinner and I lengthened the business out as well as I could by smoking three cigarettes afterwards, very slowly.
"Gossamer" by George A. Birmingham
Dawdling, whistling, loit'ring scamp, Seest thou this ten-cent stamp?
"The Wit and Humor of America, Volume X (of X)" by Various
Johnnie Green got to thinking so intently about the matter that he began to dawdle.
"The Tale of Snowball Lamb" by Arthur Bailey
Sometimes Peter dawdled on the banks of Swift River.
"The Tale of Master Meadow Mouse" by Arthur Scott Bailey
Don't dawdle round doin' nuthin' but stuffin' yerself to kill.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 14, No. 85, November, 1864" by Various
I dawdled over inspecting the Pilot's pockets, partly to give my right hand time to come back all the way.
"The Night of the Long Knives" by Fritz Reuter Leiber
But let's not dawdle too much.
"The Planet Strappers" by Raymond Zinke Gallun
She dawdled over the second ice cream, chatting feverishly to prevent his suspecting her plan.
"The Cricket" by Marjorie Cooke
Breakfast will be all ready by the time you return, so don't dawdle on the way, will you?
"Girl Scouts in the Adirondacks" by Lillian Elizabeth Roy
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In poetry:

While at my desk I dawdled on
By lamp-light on an early morning,
The winter had appeared and gone-
A wasted and unheeded warning.
"After the Interval" by Boris Pasternak
On Mama now my thoughts have dawdled
all of a week. Clothes-basket cradled
creaked on her hip; she'd climb the stairway
up to the drying-attic's airway.
"Mama" by Attila Jozsef
"While Tom his legal studies
Most soberly pursues,
Poor Ned most pass his mornings
A-dawdling with the Muse:
While Tom frequents his banker,
Young Ned frequents the Jews.
"The King Of Brentford’s Testament" by William Makepeace Thackeray

In news:

The Chicago-based band Cave performs Saturday at Les Bourgeois Vineyards as part of the True/False Film Fest's third annual Boone Dawdle.
Don't Dawdle , Holiday Travel Is Booking Up Early This Year.
Groovy Boone Dawdle doc is a true cult classic.
COLUMBIA — The True/False Film Fest will be holding its third annual Boone Dawdle this Saturday.
As Congress dawdles on trade agreements, the harsh results of the Smoot-Hawley tariff should not be forgotten.
Don't dawdle, experts advise .
Tragedy and redemption arrive hand in hand in Least Among Saints, a dawdling coming-home drama about two damaged souls and one very unlucky dog.
As Congress dawdles, vibrant towns give way .
Groovy Boone Dawdle doc is a true cult classic.
People say they honk their horns when drivers dawdle at green lights because they are texting, talking on cellphones or otherwise distracted.
Secret #1: Preschoolers don't have to dawdle.
If so, 'The Art of Procrastination : A Guide to Effective Dawdling, Lollygagging and Postponing may be just what you need.
Legislature dawdles while public opinion tanks.
Rich Miller / Legislature dawdles while public opinion tanks.
Oregon's Legislature won't have time to dawdle during the session that starts Feb 1.
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In science:

They did bother some, however, like Albert and Loewer (1990, 1996), who would rather have their minds split `a la Everett than have these tails dawdle around.
The Plight of `I Am'
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