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.
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dawdling

(ˈdɔːdəlɪŋ)
adj
proceeding at a slow pace
n
an act of going very slowly and wasting time
ˈdawdlingly adv
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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
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Translations
تَسَكُّع، تَباطُؤ
lelkováníloudání
daskensmølen
slór, hangs
zaháľanie
ağırdan alma

dawdling

[ˈdɔːdlɪŋ]
A. ADJ (= lagging behind) → rezagado
B. Npérdida f de tiempo
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

dawdling

adj we were stuck behind a dawdling lorrywir saßen hinter einem Lastwagen fest, der im Bummeltempo fuhr
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007

dawdling

[ˈdɔːdlɪŋ]
1. adj (person, crowd) → ozioso/a
2. n no dawdling in the corridors, pleasenon attardatevi nei corridoi, per favore
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

dawdle

(ˈdoːdl) verb
to waste time especially by moving slowly. Hurry up, and don't dawdle!
ˈdawdler noun
ˈdawdling noun
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References in classic literature ?
Besides, it isn't safe for us to be dawdling about here.
"I should be most happy," replied he aloud, and jumping up with alacrity, "it would give me the greatest pleasure; but that I am this moment going to dance." Come, Fanny, taking her hand, "do not be dawdling any longer, or the dance will be over."
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.
Philip saw several fellows with a desultory, timid look dawdling around, and surmised that, like himself, they were there for the first time.
The other was dawdling with the bottle, and Martin refused to wait for him, tossing the glass off in a gulp and refilling it.
But our aunt thought best to remove her because she complained, and she has been dawdling about ever since she came.
THE Government is being accused of "dawdling" over taking action to improve the rights of workers employed in the so-called gig economy.
Those dawdling over drinks can be found in Norwich (34 minutes), and Brighton (31 minutes), said the survey for St Austell brewery in Cornwall.
Mediumsized purchases, such as clothes or weekends away can see us dawdling for two entire weeks and large, life-changing items like cars and a new home can take 3.6 months or more.
dawdling like the clerk with a pointed nose, the angelfish now blind or
But language campaigners said the report adds to "the piles of evidence the Government now has on its desk, while it is dawdling to act".
Or nuclear engineers, perhaps dawdling as the interminable negotiations over the strike price go on; or even gas-fired power station engineers, experiencing delays to the development of the fracking industry.