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dawdle

[dawd-l] /ˈdɔd l/
verb (used without object), dawdled, dawdling.
1.
to waste time; idle; trifle; loiter:
Stop dawdling and help me with these packages!
2.
to move slowly, languidly, or dilatorily; saunter.
verb (used with object), dawdled, dawdling.
3.
to waste (time) by or as if by trifling (usually followed by away):
He dawdled away the whole morning.
Origin
1650-1660
1650-60; variant of daddle to toddle
Related forms
dawdler, noun
dawdlingly, adverb
Synonyms
1, 2. See loiter. 3. fritter, putter, idle, trifle.
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British Dictionary definitions for dawdle

dawdle

/ˈdɔːdəl/
verb
1.
(intransitive) to be slow or lag behind
2.
when tr, often foll by away. to waste (time); trifle
Derived Forms
dawdler, noun
dawdlingly, adverb
Word Origin
C17: of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for dawdle
v.

1650s, perhaps a variant of daddle "to walk unsteadily." Perhaps influenced by daw, because the bird was regarded as sluggish and silly. Not in general use until c.1775. Related: Dawdled; dawdling.

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