This etymology is incomplete. You can help Wiktionary by elaborating on the origins of this term. First attested around 1656; variant of daddle ("to walk unsteadily"), perhaps influenced by daw, since the bird was regarded as sluggish and silly. Not in general use until around 1775.



dawdle ‎(third-person singular simple present dawdles, present participle dawdling, simple past and past participle dawdled)

  1. (intransitive) To spend time idly and unfruitfully, to waste time.
    • 2011 October 29, Neil Johnston, “Norwich 3 - 3 Blackburn”, in BBC Sport[1]:
      However all Hennessey's good work went to waste on 52 minutes when he dawdled on the ball.
    • Johnson
      Come some evening and dawdle over a dish of tea with me.
  2. (transitive) To spend (time) without haste or purpose.
    to dawdle away the whole morning
  3. (intransitive) To move or walk lackadaisically.
    If you dawdle on your daily walk, you won't get as much exercise.
    • Thackeray
      We [] dawdle up and down Pall Mall.


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dawdle ‎(plural dawdles)

  1. A dawdler.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Colman & Carrick to this entry?)