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toddle

[tod-l] /ˈtɒd l/
verb (used without object), toddled, toddling.
1.
to move with short, unsteady steps, as a young child.
noun
2.
the act of toddling.
3.
an unsteady gait.
Origin
1490-1500
1490-1500; to(tter) + (wa)ddle
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British Dictionary definitions for toddle

toddle

/ˈtɒdəl/
verb (intransitive)
1.
to walk with short unsteady steps, as a child does when learning to walk
2.
(foll by off) (jocular) to depart
3.
(jocular) foll by round, over, etc. to stroll; amble
noun
4.
the act or an instance of toddling
Word Origin
C16 (Scottish and northern English): of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for toddle
v.

"to run or walk with short, unsteady steps," c.1600, Scottish and northern British, of uncertain origin, possibly related to totter (1530s); an earlier sense of "to toy, play" is found c.1500. Related: Toddled; toddling.

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