Antonyms for dawdled

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In all that did not directly concern her he had dawdled, and Dorothy knew and resented it.

For all that, he dawdled not a moment longer than he could help.

But of all my infant duties the one I dawdled over most was going to sleep.

It was late in the afternoon before Patty dawdled downstairs.

We have dawdled to the end of the dawdling period, and come to the active one.

He dawdled two precious weeks away at Tours; then he went to Loches, and dawdled there.

I exclaimed, as he dawdled up to me at the hot and dusty station.

Some dawdled, window shopped, or strolled along for the air.

Time is too precious to be dawdled away then, and a man lives every minute of it.

Had we dawdled less we might have gone much earlier from Charing Cross.

WORD ORIGIN

1650s, perhaps a variant of daddle "to walk unsteadily." Perhaps influenced by daw, because the bird was regarded as sluggish and silly. Not in general use until c.1775. Related: Dawdled; dawdling.