dawdling

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n dawdling the deliberate act of delaying and playing instead of working
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • dawdling Sauntering; idling.
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Usage

In literature:

Not that Kate was a gadder about or a gossip, but she was sleeveless, dawdling, and dreamy, and always behindhand.
"True to his Colours" by Theodore P. Wilson
As an infant, if report speaks truly, I dawdled over my food, over my toilet, and over my slumbers.
"Parkhurst Boys" by Talbot Baines Reed
I can't be standing still all day while those dawdling dogs are bothering about after a hare; a gallop I must have!
"Dr. Jolliffe's Boys" by Lewis Hough
To a very large extent dawdling and make-believe.
"Expositions of Holy Scripture" by Alexander Maclaren
He seems never to have dawdled.
"The Bibliotaph" by Leon H. Vincent
What a lesson to dawdling, shiftless, half-hearted men!
"Pushing to the Front" by Orison Swett Marden
When I ask you a question, or give an order, take it deliberately, and dawdle off to see it done.
"Blue Jackets" by George Manville Fenn
He couldn't make no hand of it: dawdled on a bit; then gave us his blessing, and bundled us out.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 17, No. 102, April, 1866" by Various
The camels were hired by the job, twelve days, so it would not pay them to dawdle.
"Southern Arabia" by Theodore Bent
If the right man steps up and means business, all right; but I'll have no hangers-on or fortune-hunters dawdling about!
"At the Time Appointed" by A. Maynard Barbour
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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:

Don't dawdle on filing taxes.
President's speech a pleasant surprise, but will Congress dawdle .
Steph Foley and Bess Frissell serenade cyclists on the MKT Trail as they near the finish line of the 2011 Boone Dawdle .
Sarah Ashman of Walt's Bike Shop checks a wheel for a Boone Dawdle rider.
Don't dawdle before planning a picnic.
Rice doesn't dawdle on her foreign visits.
Stop dawdling on state health exchange.
Dawdling on the deficit.
Senators press Iraqis to stop ' dawdling ' on government.
Council's dawdling is evident yet again.
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.
The snow dawdled in the air, taking its time to turn the ground a Christmas white.
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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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