dawdle


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Related to dawdle: dawdle away

daw·dle

 (dôd′l)
v. daw·dled, daw·dling, daw·dles
v.intr.
1. To take more time than necessary: dawdled through breakfast.
2. To move aimlessly or lackadaisically: dawdling on the way to work.
v.tr.
To waste (time) by idling: dawdling the hours away.

[Perhaps alteration of dialectal daddle, to diddle.]

daw′dler n.
daw′dling·ly adv.

dawdle

(ˈdɔːdəl)
vb
1. (intr) to be slow or lag behind
2. (when: tr, often foll by away) to waste (time); trifle
[C17: of uncertain origin]
ˈdawdler n

daw•dle

(ˈdɔd l)

v. -dled, -dling. v.i.
1. to waste time; idle; trifle; loiter.
2. to saunter.
v.t.
3. to waste (time) by or as if by trifling (usu. fol. by away): We dawdled away the whole morning.
[1650–60; variant of daddle to toddle]
daw′dler, n.
syn: See loiter.

dawdle


Past participle: dawdled
Gerund: dawdling

Imperative
dawdle
dawdle
Present
I dawdle
you dawdle
he/she/it dawdles
we dawdle
you dawdle
they dawdle
Preterite
I dawdled
you dawdled
he/she/it dawdled
we dawdled
you dawdled
they dawdled
Present Continuous
I am dawdling
you are dawdling
he/she/it is dawdling
we are dawdling
you are dawdling
they are dawdling
Present Perfect
I have dawdled
you have dawdled
he/she/it has dawdled
we have dawdled
you have dawdled
they have dawdled
Past Continuous
I was dawdling
you were dawdling
he/she/it was dawdling
we were dawdling
you were dawdling
they were dawdling
Past Perfect
I had dawdled
you had dawdled
he/she/it had dawdled
we had dawdled
you had dawdled
they had dawdled
Future
I will dawdle
you will dawdle
he/she/it will dawdle
we will dawdle
you will dawdle
they will dawdle
Future Perfect
I will have dawdled
you will have dawdled
he/she/it will have dawdled
we will have dawdled
you will have dawdled
they will have dawdled
Future Continuous
I will be dawdling
you will be dawdling
he/she/it will be dawdling
we will be dawdling
you will be dawdling
they will be dawdling
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been dawdling
you have been dawdling
he/she/it has been dawdling
we have been dawdling
you have been dawdling
they have been dawdling
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been dawdling
you will have been dawdling
he/she/it will have been dawdling
we will have been dawdling
you will have been dawdling
they will have been dawdling
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been dawdling
you had been dawdling
he/she/it had been dawdling
we had been dawdling
you had been dawdling
they had been dawdling
Conditional
I would dawdle
you would dawdle
he/she/it would dawdle
we would dawdle
you would dawdle
they would dawdle
Past Conditional
I would have dawdled
you would have dawdled
he/she/it would have dawdled
we would have dawdled
you would have dawdled
they would have dawdled
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.dawdle - take one's time; proceed slowly
move - move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion; "He moved his hand slightly to the right"
2.dawdle - waste time; "Get busy--don't dally!"
behave, act, do - behave in a certain manner; show a certain behavior; conduct or comport oneself; "You should act like an adult"; "Don't behave like a fool"; "What makes her do this way?"; "The dog acts ferocious, but he is really afraid of people"
3.dawdle - hang (back) or fall (behind) in movement, progress, development, etc.
follow - to travel behind, go after, come after; "The ducklings followed their mother around the pond"; "Please follow the guide through the museum"
drop behind, get behind, hang back, trail, drop back, drag - to lag or linger behind; "But in so many other areas we still are dragging"

dawdle

verb
1. waste time, potter, trail, lag, idle, loaf, hang about, dally, loiter, dilly-dally (informal), drag your feet or heels They dawdled arm in arm past the shopfronts.
waste time fly, rush, hurry, hasten, scoot, lose no time, get a move on (informal), step on it (informal), make haste
2. linger, idle, dally, take your time, procrastinate, drag your feet or heels I dawdled over a beer.

dawdle

verb
1. To go or move slowly so that progress is hindered:
2. To pass (time) without working or in avoiding work.Also used with away:
fiddle away, idle (away), kill, trifle away, waste, while (away), wile (away).
Translations
يَتَلَكَّأ، يَتَسَكَّع، يَتَباطَأ
lelkovatloudat se
daskesmøle
slóra, hangsa
gaišlysgaišuotilaiko gaišinimas
slaistīties

dawdle

[ˈdɔːdl]
A. VI (in walking) → andar muy despacio; (over food, work) → entretenerse, demorarse
B. VT to dawdle awaymalgastar

dawdle

[ˈdɔːdəl] vitraîner, lambiner
to dawdle over sth
I dawdled over a beer → J'ai bu ma bière en traînassant.
to dawdle over one's work → traînasser sur son travail, lambiner sur son travail
to dawdle over doing sth → traîner pour faire qch

dawdle

vi (= be too slow)trödeln; (= stroll)bummeln; to dawdle on the wayunterwegs trödeln; to dawdle over one’s workbei der Arbeit bummeln or trödeln

dawdle

[ˈdɔːdl] vi (in walking) → ciondolare, bighellonare
to dawdle over one's work → gingillarsi con il lavoro

dawdle

(ˈdoːdl) verb
to waste time especially by moving slowly. Hurry up, and don't dawdle!
ˈdawdler noun
ˈdawdling noun
References in classic literature ?
Moffat insisted on dancing with her because she `didn't dawdle, but had some spring in her', as he gracefully expressed it.
All day long we seemed to dawdle through a country which was full of beauty of every kind.
There is no help for it; your best chance will be to get by her as fast as ever you can, for if you dawdle about her rock while you are putting on your armour, she may catch you with a second cast of her six heads, and snap up another half dozen of your men; so drive your ship past her at full speed, and roar out lustily to Crataiis who is Scylla's dam, bad luck to her; she will then stop her from making a second raid upon you.
The next day, however, she began to dawdle over her work, and the third day she was more idle still; then she began to lie in bed in the mornings and refused to get up.
When I like to dawdle longest over my dinner is when I have a heavy evening's work before me.
Ma won't be down for ever so long," she said, "and then it's a chance if breakfast's ready for an hour afterwards, they dawdle so.
My captains made faster runs than ever and earned bigger bonuses, as did my supercargoes, who saw to it that my schooners did not loaf and dawdle along the way.
He was then unsuited by the early dawdle when a good runner-up to Hors La Loi at Aintree.
IT makes be very angry and frustratedwhen people dawdle around shops at Christmas.
But Jewell is waiting in the long grass, ready to pounce quickly and bag his man if Everton continue to dawdle.
But Congress continues to dawdle on passing a new highway bill and rejects an evenhanded sharing of resources.
While Scary, Posh and the other two still dawdle over the new album, the diary hears they're about to unleash a secret treat.