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 dawdle over something, you spend more time than is necessary doing something.

[V over n/-ing] He got fed up as bank staff dawdled over cashing him a cheque...

[V over n/-ing] She downed two glasses of white wine while I dawdled over a draught beer.


English dictionary. 2008.

Synonyms:

Look at other dictionaries:

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Dawdle — Daw dle, v. t. To waste by trifling; as, to dawdle away a whole morning. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Dawdle — Daw dle, n. A dawdler. Colman & Carrick. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

  • 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

  • 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 …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 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*,… …   New thesaurus

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

  • 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 …   English World dictionary

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


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.