Definition of toddle in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtɒd(ə)l/


[no object and with adverbial of direction]
1(Of a young child) move with short unsteady steps while learning to walk: William toddled curiously towards the TV crew
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  • With her attention distracted the young boy toddled over the brightly coloured shelves placed at child height and covered in toys.
  • When a little slobbery-faced child toddles up to you and says ‘Hi Daddy’ and gives you a kiss, you simply cannot turn your face away.
  • A company which has spent £250,000 converting a pub into a nursery may be forced to close before the first child toddles through the door.
1.1 informal Walk or go somewhere in a casual or leisurely way: they would go for a drink and then toddle off home
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  • I met Ghost in the pub beforehand and we had a couple of drinks before toddling off to the Zodiac.
  • So I took a little stroll downtown at lunchtime - more precisely, I toddled down to the waterfront.
  • We toddled along the prom then had a stroll on the blue flag sands.
informal mosey, tootle
British informal mooch, bimble
North American informal putter


[in singular]
A young child’s unsteady walk: he watched as a visitor watches a child to whose first toddle he is being treated by a proud mother
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  • Preschools, playgroups and nurseries can organise their own half-mile sponsored toddles, too and if they do, they get to keep 25 per cent of the money raised.
  • In May they are planning a toddle for Bernardos and an ice cream Sunday party in aid of Irish Down Syndrome.
  • The Jolly Tots Parent and Toddler Group are holding a sponsored toddle, crawl and pram-push today, October 14 in aid of their toy fund.


Late 16th century: of unknown origin.

Words that rhyme with toddle

coddle, doddle, model, noddle, swaddle, twaddle, waddle

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