dawdling dawdling  /ˈdɔd lɪŋ/


  • (n) the deliberate act of delaying and playing instead of working



  1. The days are calm and ordered in the old-fashioned way, with parents rushing to work in the morning and uniformed kids dawdling on the way to school.
  2. Part of the time he spent dawdling around his echoing 27-room Dream House at Poplarville, Miss.
  3. This week, after dawdling 14 days, the Finns cautiously accepted Stalin's handwritten summons to a talk about a proposed pact of mutual assistance which might end Finland's.



  1. While saying he understands the difficulties Maliki faces, Bush added, "I'm patient. I'm not patient forever. And I'm not patient with dawdling."
    on Oct 22, 2006 By: President Bush Source: Reuters AlertNet

  2. "Years of dawdling have worsened our border security and made it harder to fix this broken system," said Sen. Patrick J. Leahy, the Vermont Democrat who will lead the Judiciary Committee next year. "We should not let partisan politics and...
    on Dec 3, 2006 By: Patrick Leahy Source: Washington Times

  3. "I criticized the (Security) Council's impotence and dawdling in moving to contain the Israeli aggression on Lebanon. Even so, we welcome the resolution as a first step in the right direction," Mubarak said in an interview published in the...
    on Aug 13, 2006 By: Hosni Mubarak Source: China Post

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