What does the word dawdle mean?

    Part of speech: verb intransitive

  • To loiter; trifle.

  • Part of speech: noun

  • Dawdler.

Usage examples for dawdle

  1. We think it dishonest in workmen that there should be a difference between a man who works by time and one who works by the piece: you blame the workman who spends twice as much of his master's time as he need, but, when you dawdle, you spend your Master's time: getting through with things quickly and " deedily" is a matter of habit, and the Virtuous Woman practises it in everything she does. – Stray Thoughts for Girls by Lucy H. M. Soulsby
  2. And here I fully thought we were to dawdle away another week at the least, this being a very populous and lively city, promising much entertainment. – A Set of Rogues by Frank Barrett
  3. To the baths make an early visit, And bring your children along; Don't dawdle on the way. – Lysistrata by Aristophanes Commentator: Jack Lindsay