Dawdle is to walk or to move slowly and leisurely. It's often used to describe people who are not very interested in what they are doing.

  • He dawdles around the house all day.

  • She dawdles when she should be getting ready for her interview.

Definition of dawdle


take one's time; proceed slowly




hang (back) or fall (behind) in movement, progress, development, etc.


fall back, fall behind, lag


waste time



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Example Sentences for dawdle

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    The kids dawdled to the teacher.

  • 2

    The men dawdled on their way.

  • 3

    He made them dawdle actually.

  • 4

    Pulling it off hurts, but it's necessary and best not to dawdle.

  • 5

    I felt sorry for dawdling on a trivial matter.

  • 6

    As an adjective plus a noun, faster dawdle, is certainly a pun.

  • 7

    In 2007 the dawdle was between Burgedin Locks and Llanymynech Wharf.

  • 8

    Is the pronunciation, spelled dawdle, the British way of saying the name

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    He shut off the car and dawdled in the driveway for a moment.

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    The Friends organises events including the annual Montgomery Dinghy Dawdle.