Learning English

Word: Dawdle

Dawdle (Verb)

Sentence with Context:

“Lost time is so lovely,” she says. “We have become so goal-oriented, so it is no longer enough to learn to play the Beatles’ hits on the piano, you have to become a great pianist. Why can’t children do something just for the sake of it?” It is vital, the bestselling author argues, for the young to daydream and dawdle if they are ever to develop a sense of their own personality. 

Source: www.theguardian.com

The charity will also apply for capital grants to help keep Chawton House open, hopefully ensuring that contemporary visitors—like Jane Austen before them—will be able to dawdle away an hour at the Great House for many years to come.

Source: www.smithsonianmag.com

Meaning: Waste time doing nothing; Being slow; Move slowly and idly in a particular direction


Linger, Dally, Idle, Delay, Stall, Dilly-dally, Amble, Stroll, Laze, Procrastinate, Loiter


Hurry, Rush, Hasten, Expedite, Accelerate, Quicken, Advance, Boost

Mnemonic (Memory Aid): How To Remember?

The word “Dawdle” should remind you of someone who is not doing anything serious but is busy daydreaming and doodling, i.e., scribbling absent-mindedly. Dawdle, Doodle! Remember thus. (Psst! Nowadays, even doodling can be serious business.)

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