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Meaning of DAWDLE

Pronunciation:  'dodl

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  hang (back) or fall (behind) in movement, progress, development, etc.
  2. [v]  waste time; "Get busy--don't dally!"
  3. [v]  take one's time; proceed slowly

DAWDLE is a 6 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: dally, fall back, fall behind, lag, linger
 Antonyms: belt along, bucket along, cannonball along, hasten, hie, hotfoot, pelt along, race, rush, rush along, speed
 See Also: act, behave, do, drag, drop behind, dwell on, follow, get behind, hang back, linger over, move, trail



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Daw"dle\ (d[add]"d'l), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Dawdled}; p.
    pr. & vb. n. {Dawdling}.] [Cf. {Daddle}.]
    To waste time in trifling employment; to trifle; to saunter.
          Come some evening and dawdle over a dish of tea with
          me.                                      --Johnson.
          We . . . dawdle up and down Pall Mall.   --Thackeray.
  2. \Daw"dle\, v. t.
    To waste by trifling; as, to dawdle away a whole morning.
  3. \Daw"dle\, n.
    A dawdler. --Colman & Carrick.
Thesaurus Terms
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