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  • v. Present participle of dawdle.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Sauntering; idling.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the deliberate act of delaying and playing instead of working


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  • Given the ineptitudes that followed — the Nannygate flap over Attorney General — designate Zoe Baird, gays in the military, Whitewater's first stirrings, the Mogadishu debacle — his dawdling is understandable.

    Policy Wank

  • I know you couldn't have like the word "dawdling" - but there was no such hesitation the 1st time around for the 21,000 troops (which was a 40% increase, then) and now I believe that the delay was purely a PR stunt, to make it seem like he's agonizing (as much as that's possible, from his 2 weeks at Cape Cod to being in a tuxedo, 2-3x a week) ...

    Room Eight

  • HENRY: There's also risks political risks for Democrats if they appear to be dawdling, which is why they're also sounding a rare note of bipartisanship.

    CNN Transcript Jan 22, 2008

  • No man can associate the idea of dawdling with Jenkins and his Guides, yet the Guides reaching Jellalabad on October 12th were not at Gundamuk until the 23d, and Gundamuk is but thirty miles beyond

    The Afghan Wars 1839-42 and 1878-80

  • You can spend three hours on a single sentence, trying to get it just right, perfect -- a wonderful luxury, the kind of dawdling that's usually impossible with a novel.

    Anis Shivani: Short Stories: Writers Talk About The Form To Anis Shivani

  • HENRY: There's also political risk for Democrats if they appear to be dawdling which is why they're also sounding a rare note of bipartisanship.

    CNN Transcript Jan 22, 2008

  • Government had expressed "astonishing denialism" over the matter and its "dawdling" had fuelled a media frenzy which an inquiry and

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • The only person seriously angry at the Prime Minister's "dawdling," was Mina Zabriska; and she had enjoyed no chance of telling him so.

    Tristram of Blent An Episode in the Story of an Ancient House

  • A scolding awaited her, as usual, first for "dawdling," and then for spilling a few drops of water on the brick floor as she set down the heavy pails.

    For the Master's Sake A Story of the Days of Queen Mary

  • After a total of ten "dawdling" miles, marching almost due east, we found our tents pitched in a broad and quasi-circular basin, called El-Safh

    The Land of Midian — Volume 1


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  • My adjectival use: 'The dawdling children will be late for class.;

    August 22, 2011