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Definition of the verb dawdle
What does dawdle mean as a doing word?
verb - inflections: dawdled | dawdling | dawdles
- take one's time; proceed slowly
Syntactic formula Example for the syntactic formula [Agent - being] [Verb] over [Theme] Sasha dawdled over lunch [Agent - being] [Verb] [Locative Preposition] [Location] Sasha dawdled in the museum
- lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
- synonym of dawdle: linger
- more generic word: move = move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion
- waste time
- hang (back) or fall (behind) in movement, progress, development, etc.
Alternative definition of the verb dawdle
- [intransitive] To spend time idly and unfruitfully, to waste time.
- [transitive] To spend (time) without haste or purpose.
- [intransitive] To move or walk lackadaisically.
Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for dawdle
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Rant & Dawdle (2011)
The Fictional Memoir of Colston Willmott by William (Bill) E. Smith
Untitled Document Rant & Dawdle is a fictional memoir comprising thirty-eight interwoven stories from the perspective of a grumpy old man living on a small island off the west coast of Canada and an expectant young boy born into the poverty ...
by Peter Hennessy
Merely to dawdle means potential equality of ruin. Ought we not for the immediate safety of our own American people and the incidental rescue of the Free World to bring matters to a head by a 'show-down' leading up to an ultimatum ...
by Fred N. Grayson
The word dawdle means to go slowly ...
Cold War (2014)
East Anglia by Jim Wilson OBE
Merely to dawdle means potential equality of ruin. Ought we not for the immediate safety of our own American people and the incidental rescue ...
by Kevin Ruane
Merely to dawdle means potential ...
by Hensleigh Wedgwood (M.A.)
drbse, to dawdle ; Pl. D. droteln, to delay, dawdle ; drosseken, dusken, to slumber. Perhaps from the droning sound of the breathing in sleep. Pl. D. drunsen, to low like a cow, to drone out one's words ...
by Tom Dalzell, Terry Victor
®dawdle ̄. or. ®toddle ̄ ,.
by Martin Manser
dawdle, linger, loiter, dillydally 2 play, toy, trifle, flirt, fool around dam n. barrier, wall, bank, dyke dam v. block, obstruct, stop, slow, restrict, check damage n. hurt, injury, harm, destruction, loss, impairment ANT. benefit damage r. harm, hurt, ...
The Dimwit's Dictionary (2006)
More Than 5,000 Overused Words and Phrases and Alternatives to Them by Robert Hartwell Fiske, Joseph Epstein
be idle; be inactive; be lazy; be unemployed; be unoccupied; dally; dawdle; loaf; loiter; loll; ...
by DASH, RAJENDRA KUMAR
dawdle [Verb] To take a long time ...
by George Byres Mainwaring
an indolent lazy person; a dawdle, ...
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Video shows what dawdle means. To spend time idly and unfruitfully, to waste time.. To spend (time) without haste or purpose.. To move or walk lackadaisically.
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Scrabble value of D2A1W4D2L1E1
The value of this 6-letter word is 11 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.
Anagrams of DAWDLE
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