I wandered on down the corridor to the elevator, to dawdle and not run into coarrivals.
On the contrary, it takes less out of a horse to make him do his journey at a smart gait rather than to dawdle.
We did not dawdle over his affairs, nor did we shrink from any work to which he challenged us.
If we dawdle, the teams will be stabled—I want you to see our white oxen in the late sunlight.
If we succeeded in getting what we had come after there would be plenty of time to dawdle.
The camels were hired by the job, twelve days, so it would not pay them to dawdle.
Johnnie Green got to thinking so intently about the matter that he began to dawdle.
When I ride with W. we generally make three or four turns as fast as we can go, he hates to dawdle.
Geddie went into his office and sat down to dawdle over his report.
And having no watch one was afraid of being late for that train, and had to dawdle so long in the muddy streets.
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.