toddle

toddle

[tod-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; to(tter) + (wa)ddle

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toddle (ˈtɒdəl)
 
vb (foll by round, over, etc)
1.  to walk with short unsteady steps, as a child does when learning to walk
2.  jocular (foll by off) to depart
3.  jocular to stroll; amble
 
n
4.  the act or an instance of toddling
 
[C16 (Scottish and northern English): of obscure origin]

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toddle
"to run or walk with short, unsteady steps," c.1600, Scottish and northern British, of uncertain origin, possibly a back-formation of toddler, or related to totter (1534); an earlier sense of "to toy, play" is found c.1500. Toddler "toddling child" is first recorded 1793.
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