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
There is no claim that the mortgagee dawdled in doing so.
If she had told him to go to the bathroom, he would have dawdled and delayed.
Henri meanwhile dreamed and dawdled through his school career.
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