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[tod-l] /ˈtɒd l/
verb (used without object), toddled, toddling.
to move with short, unsteady steps, as a young child.
the act of toddling.
an unsteady gait.
Origin of toddle
1490-1500; to(tter) + (wa)ddle Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for toddle
Historical Examples
  • "I want you to give me your advice," say I, as we toddle amicably along, side by side.

    Nancy Rhoda Broughton
  • You say well, Haimet, it was before your day; you were only beginning to toddle about when he died.

    One Snowy Night Emily Sarah Holt
  • He had grown strong, and could toddle about and take care of himself wonderfully well for a child of his age.

    Cast Adrift T. S. Arthur
  • He was the youngest of us, and could just toddle when Bill went away.

    The Two Whalers W.H.G. Kingston
  • The little one that, ever since she could toddle, had always clung to her skirt for protection.

  • At the time, baby was quite able to walk—at least to waddle or toddle.

    The Buffalo Runners R.M. Ballantyne
  • His children, from the time they were able to toddle, were taught to do something useful.

  • Let's toddle along and see what Fu Manchu has to say for himself.

  • Nothing wrong with jazz—where the lights go out in the dance hall and the dancers jiggle and toddle and wiggle in a frenzy?

  • I'll stand here, at the head of these stairs, while you toddle into that room.

    Rayton: A Backwoods Mystery Theodore Goodridge Roberts
British Dictionary definitions for toddle


verb (intransitive)
to walk with short unsteady steps, as a child does when learning to walk
(foll by off) (jocular) to depart
(jocular) foll by round, over, etc. to stroll; amble
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

"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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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