Synonyms for Dawdle:


go-slow, potter, slow off the blocks/mark, drag your feet/heels. fast, trail. wile, trifle away, fiddle away, industrious, idle, waste, while. dawdle (noun)
fall back, fall behind, dally, linger, lag.
loaf (noun)
idle, study at loiter.


delay; waste time (verb)
poke, idle, lag, dally, drag, dilly-dally, loiter, procrastinate.
motion (verb)
procrastinate (verb)
stall, filibuster, vacillate, dilly-dally, dally, hesitate, procrastinate.

Other synonyms:

potter. trail. waste. mess around
Other relevant words:
lag, fiddle away, while, trifle away, idle, trail, wile, dally, potter, fast, fall back, fall behind, waste, industrious.

Usage examples for dawdle

  1. But let's not dawdle too much. – The Planet Strappers by Raymond Zinke Gallun
  2. Instead of getting at her husband's point of view and enjoying with him, at least sometimes, she insists on acting the martyr because he will not dawdle around and gush at her feet. – Happiness and Marriage by Elizabeth (Jones) Towne
  3. To dawdle with the language the first year, is, generally speaking, to fail in acquiring it at all. – India’s Problem Krishna or Christ by John P. Jones