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synonyms for dawdling

  • 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 dawdling

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  • do
  • go
  • run
  • rush
  • forward
  • hasten
  • hurry
  • push
  • speed
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How to use dawdling in a sentence

In the past, a school might have dawdled in making a decision about a self-imposed ban or an appeal, but it wasn’t shocking when it eventually accepted a penalty.
NCAA TOURNAMENT BRACKETOLOGY: OKLAHOMA STATE WILL PROBABLY MAKE IT DESPITE ITS POSTSEASON BANPATRICK STEVENSJANUARY 26, 2021WASHINGTON POST
Traveling across the isle on foot without dashing is unappealing since large areas of the environment look rather plain, giving scant reason to dawdle.
‘THE PATHLESS’: LESS THAN THE SUM OF ITS PARTSCHRISTOPHER BYRDNOVEMBER 23, 2020WASHINGTON POST
I knew that the poor girl from Kansas must get up with the sun, too, for her uncle was not the man to brook any dawdling.
THE SOLDIER OF THE VALLEYNELSON LLOYD
"I always make it a point to be punctual," Lamb dawdling in the background, overheard him say.
HOODED DETECTIVE, VOLUME III NO. 2, JANUARY, 1942VARIOUS
This is the method of Vacuity or Dawdling formerly mentioned.
ASSIMILATIVE MEMORYMARCUS DWIGHT LARROWE (AKA PROF. A. LOISETTE)
An' ye aims ter trust ther life of ther only real man in these mountings ter ther dawdling of sonny?
THE CODE OF THE MOUNTAINSCHARLES NEVILLE BUCK
The men are doing something noble, not dawdling away these glorious days in selling tape and ribbons.
NURSE AND SPY IN THE UNION ARMYS. EMMA E. EDMONDS
Nothing can be more unhealthful than the dawdling habit of wading out ankle-deep or knee-deep, and waiting to get your courage up.
HARPER'S ROUND TABLE, JUNE 4, 1895VARIOUS
It gives one such a sense of leisure and real enjoyment of life to see them go dawdling about.
THE FOUR CORNERS ABROADAMY ELLA BLANCHARD
Everybody he meets suffers more or less from his malady, for dawdling becomes practically a disease.
HOW TO SUCCEEDORISON SWETT MARDEN
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WORDS RELATED TO DAWDLING

  • adjournment
  • bind
  • check
  • cooling-off period
  • cunctation
  • dawdling
  • demurral
  • detention
  • discontinuation
  • downtime
  • filibuster
  • hangup
  • hindrance
  • hold-up
  • holding
  • holding pattern
  • impediment
  • interval
  • jam
  • lag
  • lingering
  • logjam
  • loitering
  • moratorium
  • obstruction
  • postponement
  • problem
  • procrastination
  • prorogation
  • putting off
  • remission
  • reprieve
  • retardation
  • retardment
  • setback
  • showstopper
  • stall
  • stay
  • stop
  • stoppage
  • surcease
  • suspension
  • tie-up
  • wait
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