Part of speech: noun


Part of speech: verb

To loiter; trifle.

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Usage examples "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", 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", Frank Barrett.
  3. To the baths make an early visit, And bring your children along; Don't dawdle on the way. - "Lysistrata", Aristophanes Commentator: Jack Lindsay.