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Main Entry: daw·dle
Pronunciation: 'do-d&l
Function: verb
Inflected Form(s): daw·dled; daw·dling /'do-dli[ng], -d&l-i[ng]/
Etymology: origin unknown
Date: circa 1656
intransitive verb
1 : to spend time idly
2 : to move lackadaisically
transitive verb : to spend fruitlessly or lackadaisically <dawdled the day away>
synonym see DELAY
- daw·dler /'do-dl&r, -d&l-&r/ noun

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