verb (used without object), dawdled, dawdling.
to waste time; idle; trifle; loiter: Stop dawdling and help me with these packages!
to move slowly, languidly, or dilatorily; saunter.
verb (used with object), dawdled, dawdling.
to waste (time) by or as if by trifling (usually followed by away ): He dawdled away the whole morning.

1650–60; variant of daddle to toddle

dawdler, noun
dawdlingly, adverb

1, 2. See loiter. 3. fritter, putter, idle, trifle.
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dawdle (ˈdɔːdəl)
vb (when tr, often foll by away)
1.  (intr) to be slow or lag behind
2.  to waste (time); trifle
[C17: of uncertain origin]

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Word Origin & History

c.1656, perhaps a variant of daddle "to walk unsteadily." Perhaps influenced by daw, since the bird was regarded as sluggish and silly. Not in general use until c.1775.
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Example sentences
One cannot dawdle if one wishes to hook one of these gleaming acrobatic fish.
But players must not dawdle in solving that equation.
People act in a timely way when given concrete tasks but dawdle when they view
  them in abstract terms.
Don't dawdle if any of these outfits look appealing.
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