toddle

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v toddle walk unsteadily "small children toddle"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Toddle A toddling walk.
    • v. i Toddle To walk with short, tottering steps, as a child.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • toddle To walk feebly; walk with short, tottering steps, as a child or an old man: said especially of children just beginning to walk.
    • toddle Synonyms See waddle.
    • n toddle The act of toddling; an uncertain gait with short or feeble steps.
    • n toddle A walk taken in a toddling fashion, as by a child or an invalid; loosely, a careless stroll.
    • n toddle A toddler.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Toddle tod′l to walk with short feeble steps, as a child
    • n Toddle a toddling gait: an aimless stroll
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Quotations

  • George Eliot
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    “A toddling little girl is a center of common feeling which makes the most dissimilar people understand each other.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Akin to tottle, totter,

Usage

In literature:

She was the most winsome and lovable little mite of babyhood that ever toddled.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1905 to 1906" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Well, as I said before, I toddled to the window to have a look at the fair Sylvia.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1907 to 1908" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Otoyo, bewildered and happy over this avalanche of company, toddled about the room in her soft house slippers looking for refreshments.
"Molly Brown's Senior Days" by Nell Speed
Now jest toddle back to the kitchen.
"Wappin' Wharf" by Charles S. Brooks
Soon Janchu, seeing that no one paid any attention to him, toddled in and climbed into Marie's lap.
"Trapped in 'Black Russia'" by Ruth Pierce
I think I'll toddle over to the offices, Les.
"The Planet Strappers" by Raymond Zinke Gallun
Anyhow, Trouble toddled off to see if he could not play with Jan, Lola, and Mary.
"The Curlytops and Their Playmates" by Howard R. Garis
Do you want to toddle around the circle?
"The Varmint" by Owen Johnson
One day the baby of the lot toddled off without being missed by the other nine children of the flock.
"Blue Ridge Country" by Jean Thomas
Last in this group toddled Hester's little sister Nan.
"A World of Girls" by L. T. Meade
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In poetry:

Rhyming of wolves and bears and birds,
Spain, Scotland, Babylon,
That sister Kate might learn the words
To tell to Toddling John.
"A Ballad Of Nursery Rhyme" by Robert Graves
And as he lisped his evening prayer
He asked the boon with childish grace;
Then, toddling to the chimney-place,
He hung this little stocking there.
"Christmas Treasures" by Eugene Field
They must have heard his little prayer,
For in the morn, with rapturous face,
He toddled to the chimney-place,
And found this little treasure there.
"Christmas Treasures" by Eugene Field
What of these tender feet
That have never toddled yet?
What dances shall they beat,
With what red vintage wet?
In what wild way will they march or stray, by what sly paynims met?
"Wilfred" by John Le Gay Brereton
But thou art on the bed of pain,
So tells each poor forsaken toy.
Ah, could I see that happy hour
When these shall be thy heart's employ,
And see thee toddle oer the plain,
And stoop for flowers, and shout for joy.
"To Anna Three Years Old" by John Clare
Wheat, Wheat, Wheat! Oh, the sound of it is sweet!
I've been praisin' it an' raisin' it in rain an' wind an' heat
Since the time I learned to toddle, till it's beatin' in my noddle,
Is the little song I'm singin' you of Wheat, Wheat, Wheat.
"Wheat" by C J Dennis

In news:

Taylor guiding his toddling son Elijah through the woods.
Envy and jealousy have been experienced by most of us since we could toddle to the playground.
The critter toddled off without even playing 'possum.
Six decades ago — minus a couple of months — I was toddling off to that slightly exciting and slightly intimidating first day of school.
This "Chicago" doesn't toddle, it swings, it Lindy Hops, it Charlestons the night away, and probably all your woes along with it.
Waddle , Toddle, Run and Fall Festival fun for all.
The little boy who toddled into Union Stationb behind his mother spotted the pretty pile of colored sand on the floor and couldn't resist.
HOMEWORTH, Ohio — From the time Jacob Baker was able to toddle, he would run to the barn, especially when he knew it was milking time.
But unlike Darwin, most of us are still marooned in parking lots, toddling through mazes, gazing out through windows, for solace.
We toddled to the summit of the hill, where we laid down our sleds – glorified garbage-can lids – and surveyed the landscape: a sea of white punctuated by patches of black forest.
So image the horror these parents experienced when the cops called to let them know three daycare workers were arrested because they staged a 'toddle fight club' and it all got caught on camera.
Ladies, you might not have realized it back when you were toddling around in cartoon-character underwear, but fairy tales were originally written to scare you.
Her daughter cried but then toddled off to daycare.
Your baby's physical skills develop rapidly as she prepares to toddle.
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