Definition of dawdle verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

dawdle

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈdɔːdl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdɔːdl//
 
[intransitive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they dawdle
BrE BrE//ˈdɔːdl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdɔːdl//
 
he / she / it dawdles
BrE BrE//ˈdɔːdlz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdɔːdlz//
 
past simple dawdled
BrE BrE//ˈdɔːdld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdɔːdld//
 
past participle dawdled
BrE BrE//ˈdɔːdld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdɔːdld//
 
-ing form dawdling
BrE BrE//ˈdɔːdlɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdɔːdlɪŋ//
 
 
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to take a long time to do something or go somewhere Stop dawdling! We're going to be late! + adv./prep. They dawdled along by the river, laughing and talking. Word Origin mid 17th cent.: related to dialect daddle, doddle ‘dally’.
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