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Dawdle in a Sentence

Examples of dawdle in a sentence

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Below you will find the definition of dawdle, followed by 41 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.


(verb) - hang (back) or fall (behind) in movement, progress, development, etc.

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EXAMPLES - Dawdle in a Sentence

  1. To dawdle is to risk temporary insanity, so focus up. (source)
  2. "You don't dawdle, you don't linger, you decide," he said. (source)
  3. China just did it, but I'm afraid the USA will mostly dawdle. (source)
  4. Translation: The longer we dawdle, the harder this is going to be. (source)
  5. "I couldn't very well dawdle with you there throwing me down a ramp." (source)
  6. We are too busy moving about to dawdle around for you stragglers anyhow. (source)
  7. I hear Beale shout for them not to dawdle if they know what's good for them. (source)
  8. It's perfect for families and those who want to dawdle rather than tear it up. (source)
  9. The British had their own word "dawdle" which means wasting time or being lazy. (source)
  10. So long as they don't dawdle too long, investors aren't likely to squawk too loudly. (source)
  11. But in the most critical area, the economy, he is allowing his economic team to dawdle. (source)
  12. As the thud of falling newspapers echoes across the Atlantic, we can't afford to dawdle. (source)
  13. He had set things up, but he needed a pretext to dawdle while the ice cream was delivered. (source)
  14. Butterflies dawdle over the cow parsley, birds sing and Thelwall hamlet is full of history. (source)
  15. The anklet tracking system would be down for several hours but he couldn't afford to dawdle. (source)
  16. On the other hand, I want to make it clear that we're not going to dally, not going to dawdle? (source)
  17. So I think I will stay interesting and complex as I dawdle in my vices for a few more months, at least. (source)
  18. You will not make the connection, because we will probably dawdle and delay without warning or explanation. (source)
  19. I think perhaps, you would realize as much as I have that it wasn't a dawdle to make your money on the farm. (source)
  20. Every Friday, the girls have a snack right after school, then they dawdle as much as possible to avoid cleaning. (source)
  21. Still, when you're a military superpower focused on big-picture thinking, there's no time to dawdle on the details. (source)
  22. We couldn't dawdle, though, as dark clouds were gathering, so we turned and stepped as fast we could down the mountain. (source)
  23. After collecting the ball mid-way inside the German half he didn't dawdle, but swivelled quickly and slipped it through to Gyan. (source)
  24. It's a dawdle, isn't it: righteous indignation when you think you can get away with it; and when you find you can't, just duck out. (source)
  25. Mr. FISHER: Well, from the time I leave the shop to the time I get back in, it's about an hour, the way I dawdle and talk to people. (source)
  26. And with the 30 percent federal tax credit on some heating-system upgrades expiring December 31, 2010, you could pay nearly double if you dawdle. (source)
  27. Recently, I made a little journal to try out what I thought would be the "dawdle" of bookbinding in danish: "bogbinderi" and have started filling it in. (source)
  28. This could be because of the visual medium of the graphic novel, or it could be because O'Connor doesn't dawdle on superfluous storytelling; or perhaps both. (source)
  29. To cap this, Mr.H. W. Honwill, an English writer, found us conspicuous for our leisurely ways, and that we potter and dawdle as if life were a continuous holiday. (source)
  30. In addition, if you dawdle in the morning instead of moving efficiently to get out of the house on time for your tax job, I'm going to threaten, punish, or shame you. (source)
  31. If we dawdle while Canada and the European Union move ahead with their own trade accords with Colombia, Panama, and Korea, American workers will be put at a disadvantage. (source)
  32. "On the one hand we're going to work to get a decision, on the other hand I wanted to make it clear that we're just not going to dally, we're not going to dawdle," Mr. Baucus said. (source)
  33. The result is that the building sports an enormous, hot-Texas-sun-deflecting canopy, under which people can sit and talk, drink coffee and dawdle, before making their way into the opera house. (source)
  34. Those wayward tourists who dawdle in their cars and tour buses along Beachwood Drive, enraging the locals as they haltingly seek that perfect Hollywood sign photo op -- they know not what they do. (source)
  35. However, the parties led by the Obama administration are pushing very hard for Iran to keep to a rigorous time line with likely sanctions if Iran does not cooperate; Iran might dawdle at its peril. (source)
  36. However, Kenyans are once again looking inwards as their politicians dawdle over implementing the recommendations of the Waki Commission, the body set up to look into the root causes of the violence. (source)
  37. There were meetings on the Hill yesterday, and I heard that Rahm Emanuel has called more than one senator to say, look, we want to hear your ideas, but we're not in the mood to dawdle over this, we need to get this done. (source)
  38. They made good time, not stopping to dawdle and look at the view as they had done in the morning; they were half-way across the Afsluitdijk and it was almost eight o'clock when Harriet saw the AC 428 coming towards them, very fast. (source)
  39. I was wrong to dawdle; Wars, Guns and Votes is a lucidly written analysis of the effects and causes of democracy and good governance in the poorest countries of the world, whose inhabitants Collier describes in a previous book as "the bottom billion". (source)
  40. This kind of loping, lyrical mainstream swing has been Hamilton's stock in trade since the 1960s, but his savouring of tonal subtleties, and effortless hipness about when to push the beat and when to dawdle behind it reinvigorates a style that had begun to fall behind the jazz times 60 years ago. (source)
  41. Don't dawdle, though -- experts have confirmed that the tree's been dead for some time, preserved by oils released into the air when locals began processing fish for jet ski fuel, and the country's Telekom Party has accordingly argued it's time the national treasure was turned into paper for a smartphone contract. (source)

Sentence Information

The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 41 example sentences provided below is 67.0, which suggests that "dawdle" is a standard word that is understood by individuals with a high school diploma or degree, and can be found in news articles, books, magazines and other places.


We have 36 synonyms for dawdle.

amble, bum around, dally, diddle-daddle, dilly-dally, drag, fool around, fritter away, get no place fast, goof off, hang around, hang out, idle, lag, laze, lazy, loaf, loiter, loll, lounge, mosey, poke, procrastinate, put off, saunter, scrounge around, shlep along, sit around, sit on one's butt, stay, stroll, tarry, toddle, trifle, wait, warm a chair


We have 9 antonyms for dawdle.

do, forward, go, hasten, hurry, push, run, rush, speed


Pronunciation: (dôdˈl)

Syllabification: daw-dle


View up to 25 definitions of dawdle from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.

from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
  1. (verb-intransitive) To take more time than necessary: dawdled through breakfast.
  2. (verb-intransitive) To move aimlessly or lackadaisically: dawdling on the way to work.
  3. (verb-transitive) To waste (time) by idling: dawdling the hours away.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
  1. (verb) To spend time idly and unfruitfully, to waste time.
  2. (verb) To spend (time) without haste or purpose.
  3. (verb) To move or walk lackadaisically.
  4. (noun) A dawdler.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
  1. (verb-intransitive) To waste time in trifling employment; to trifle; to saunter.
  2. (verb-transitive) To waste by trifling.
  3. (noun) A dawdler.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  1. (None) To idle; waste time; trifle; loiter.
  2. (None) To waste by trifling: with away: as, to dawdle away a whole forenoon.
  3. (noun) A trifler; a dawdler.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
  1. (verb) hang (back) or fall (behind) in movement, progress, development, etc.
  2. (verb) waste time
  3. (verb) take one's time; proceed slowly