What does dawdle mean?

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ˈdɔd ldaw·dle

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. linger, dawdleverb

    take one's time; proceed slowly

  2. dally, dawdleverb

    waste time

    "Get busy--don't dally!"

  3. lag, dawdle, fall back, fall behindverb

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


  1. dawdleverb

    To spend time idly and unfruitfully, to waste time.

  2. dawdleverb

    To spend (time) without haste or purpose.

  3. dawdleverb

    To move or walk lackadaisically.

    If you dawdle on your daily walk, you won't get as much exercise.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dawdleverb

    to waste time in trifling employment; to trifle; to saunter

    Etymology: [Cf. Daddle.]

  2. Dawdleverb

    to waste by trifling; as, to dawdle away a whole morning

    Etymology: [Cf. Daddle.]

  3. Dawdlenoun

    a dawdler

    Etymology: [Cf. Daddle.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Dawdle

    daw′dl, v.i. to waste time by trifling: to act or move slowly.—n. Daw′dler. [Allied to dandle and dandy.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of dawdle in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of dawdle in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

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  • безделнича, шляя сеBulgarian
  • trödeln, Zeit totschlagenGerman
  • velttoilla, vetelehtiäFinnish
  • csellengHungarian
  • bighellonareItalian
  • whakatairuhi, hāmure, tonanawe, taparuruMāori
  • тащиться, мешкать, шляться, медлить, плестись, бездельничать, канителитьсяRussian
  • халупаUkrainian

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