- 1Waste time; be slow: she mustn’t dawdle—she had to make the call nowMore example sentences
- Don't dawdle - questions must reach us by next Wednesday.
- The Greek international dawdled and as he did so his captain stepped out of midfield and waved his arms madly at him.
- Not a lot of time for dawdling around in cafés and coffee bars today.
- 1.1 [with adverbial of direction] Move slowly and idly in a particular direction: Ruth dawdled back through the woodMore example sentences
- We dawdled in the general direction of the city and then sat around in Bow looking down at the cars zizzing past at high speed.
- There's not much to do here but fish, dive, watch the sun sizzle down into the Indian Ocean and to dawdle your bicycle along the island's one path.
- It dawdles across the sky and sets slowly at a glancing angle.
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- On Sunday, two boys and two girls were mixing with the general gathering - window-shoppers, dawdlers, and so on - carrying signboards that said, ‘crazy sales’.
- After a 2 minute shuffle of dawdlers assembling themselves, Ms. Fellcart flicked on the over-head projector and began jotting down the groups.
- Dalliers, dawdlers and daydreamers learn to camouflage their lack of achievement in torrents of words.
mid 17th century: related to dialect daddle, doddle 'dally'.