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Dictionary Definition

dawdle

Verb

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

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English

Pronunciation

Verb

  1. To spend time idly and unfruitfully.
  2. To spend time without haste or purpose.
  3. To move or walk lackadaisically.

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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