dawdling


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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.

dawdling

(ˈdɔːdəlɪŋ)
adj
proceeding at a slow pace
n
an act of going very slowly and wasting time
ˈdawdlingly adv
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.dawdling - the deliberate act of delaying and playing instead of workingdawdling - the deliberate act of delaying and playing instead of working
delay, holdup - the act of delaying; inactivity resulting in something being put off until a later time
Translations
تَسَكُّع، تَباطُؤ
lelkováníloudání
daskensmølen
slór, hangs
zaháľanie
ağırdan alma

dawdling

[ˈdɔːdlɪŋ]
A. ADJ (= lagging behind) → rezagado
B. Npérdida f de tiempo

dawdling

adj we were stuck behind a dawdling lorrywir saßen hinter einem Lastwagen fest, der im Bummeltempo fuhr

dawdling

[ˈdɔːdlɪŋ]
1. adj (person, crowd) → ozioso/a
2. n no dawdling in the corridors, pleasenon attardatevi nei corridoi, per favore

dawdle

(ˈdoːdl) verb
to waste time especially by moving slowly. Hurry up, and don't dawdle!
ˈdawdler noun
ˈdawdling noun
References in classic literature ?
Cole's carriagehorses returning from exercise, or a stray letterboy on an obstinate mule, were the liveliest objects she could presume to expect; and when her eyes fell only on the butcher with his tray, a tidy old woman travelling homewards from shop with her full basket, two curs quarrelling over a dirty bone, and a string of dawdling children round the baker's little bowwindow eyeing the gingerbread, she knew she had no reason to complain, and was amused enough; quite enough still to stand at the door.
Vanstone had found him still dawdling over his late breakfast, with an open letter by his side, in place of the book which, on other occasions, lay ready to his hand at meal-times.
Between ourselves, Edmund," nodding significantly at his mother, "it was cutting the roses, and dawdling about in the flower-garden, that did the mischief.
He had always hated to hurry to catch railroad trains, and yet he had always caught them; and just so an undue solicitude for "culture" seemed a sort of silly dawdling at the station, a proceeding properly confined to women, foreigners, and other unpractical persons.
The Musgroves could hardly be more ready to invite than he to come, particularly in the morning, when he had no companion at home, for the Admiral and Mrs Croft were generally out of doors together, interesting themselves in their new possessions, their grass, and their sheep, and dawdling about in a way not endurable to a third person, or driving out in a gig, lately added to their establishment.
The Venetian capacity for dawdling is of the largest, and for a good many days unlimited litter was all my gardener had to show for his ministrations.
And now, Watson, this is too serious for dawdling, especially as the old man is aware that we are interesting ourselves in his affairs; so if you are ready, we shall call a cab and drive to Waterloo.
Some three hours afterwards Fanshaw, Flambeau and the priest were still dawdling about the garden in the dark; and it began to dawn on the other two that Father Brown had no intention of going to bed either in the tower or the house.
Women of incredible corpulence were dawdling about through the cultivated grounds, and the doctor greatly surprised his companions by informing them that this rotundity, which is highly esteemed in that region, was obtained by an obligatory diet of curdled milk.
Philip saw several fellows with a desultory, timid look dawdling around, and surmised that, like himself, they were there for the first time.
Besides, it isn't safe for us to be dawdling about here.
The other was dawdling with the bottle, and Martin refused to wait for him, tossing the glass off in a gulp and refilling it.