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synonyms for dawdle

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

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  • run
  • rush
  • hasten
  • hurry
  • push
  • speed
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How to use dawdle in a sentence

On Saturday, we continued to dawdle, weather-wise, through October.
SATURDAY SEEMED TO SUGGEST AUTUMN, BUT A WARMER ONE THAN AVERAGEMARTIN WEILOCTOBER 24, 2021WASHINGTON POST
Weyman’s cloak-and-rapier swashbuckler is long — over 400 pages in my edition — but its action never dawdles.
FLASHING BLADES, SECRET PASSAGES, MISTAKEN IDENTITIES: ‘A GENTLEMAN OF FRANCE’ IS A CLASSIC ADVENTURE TALEMICHAEL DIRDASEPTEMBER 1, 2021WASHINGTON POST
Many Republicans, meanwhile, seem perfectly open to dawdling on the legislation despite the critical support it would provide to many people currently in need.
SENATE REPUBLICANS ARE TRYING TO DRAG OUT THE STIMULUS PROCESS IN THE MIDDLE OF A NATIONAL EMERGENCYLI ZHOUMARCH 5, 2021VOX
Why should they not dawdle at their labor sitting upon the fence in endless colloquy while the harvest rots upon the stalk?
THE UNSOLVED RIDDLE OF SOCIAL JUSTICESTEPHEN LEACOCK
After a big fit of work, I can dawdle against any one; then I get another fit of work—it's like appetite.
VILLA RUBEIN AND OTHER STORIESJOHN GALSWORTHY
You've no idea how beastly it is to dawdle about in a crowd of people, and then at the end go back to another term of school.
SINISTER STREET, VOL. 1COMPTON MACKENZIE
Tell your mother, and that poor dawdle there, your sister, that they 'd be thankful they'd have followed my advice.
ROLAND CASHELCHARLES JAMES LEVER
They watched him as he passed up the pathway, with a stride and a swing so different from his ordinary listless dawdle.
COLONIAL BORNG. FIRTH SCOTT
Don't dawdle round doin' nuthin' but stuffin' yerself to kill.
THE ATLANTIC MONTHLY, VOLUME 14, NO. 85, NOVEMBER, 1864VARIOUS
She had studied not only with a will, but an eager interest in so many things that she wondered how girls could dawdle along.
HELEN GRANT'S SCHOOLDAYSAMANDA M. DOUGLAS
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OCTOBER 26, 1985
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WORDS RELATED TO DAWDLE

  • ankle
  • boogie
  • dawdle
  • drift
  • gander
  • hoof it
  • loiter
  • meander
  • mosey
  • percolate
  • ramble
  • sashay
  • saunter
  • stroll
  • toddle
  • wander
Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.