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Definition of the verb dawdle

What does dawdle mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: dawdled | dawdling | dawdles

  1. take one's time; proceed slowly
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being] [Verb] over [Theme]Sasha dawdled over lunch
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Locative Preposition] [Location]Sasha dawdled in the museum

      Verbs of Lingering (with the same syntax): dally, dither, equivocate, hesitate, linger, loaf, loiter, pause, potter, procrastinate, tarry.

    • 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
  2. waste time
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 1
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • synonym of dawdle: dally
    • more generic words: act / behave / do = behave in a certain manner; show a certain behavior
  3. hang (back) or fall (behind) in movement, progress, development, etc.

Alternative definition of the verb dawdle

verb

  1. [intransitive] To spend time idly and unfruitfully, to waste time.
  2. [transitive] To spend (time) without haste or purpose.
  3. [intransitive] To move or walk lackadaisically.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for dawdle

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Google previewRant & 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 ...

Google previewThe Prime Minister: The Office and Its Holders Since 1945 (2001)

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 ...

Google previewCliffsTestPrep Officer Candidate Tests (2007)

by Fred N. Grayson

The word dawdle means to go slowly ...

Google previewCold 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 ...

Google previewChurchill and the Bomb in War and Cold War (2016)

by Kevin Ruane

Merely to dawdle means potential ...

Google previewDictionary of English Etymology (1859)

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 ...

Google previewThe Concise New Partridge Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English (2014)

by Tom Dalzell, Terry Victor

®dawdle ̄. or. ®toddle ̄ ,.

Google previewDictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms (1998)

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, ...

Google previewThe 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; ...

Google previewPROFESSIONAL LEARNER’S DICTIONARY OF SPOKEN ENGLISH (2015)

by DASH, RAJENDRA KUMAR

dawdle [Verb] To take a long time ...

Google previewDictionary of the Lepcha-Language (1898)

by George Byres Mainwaring

an indolent lazy person; a dawdle, ...

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Dawdle Meaning

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.

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