Definition of dawdle:
lounge, loaf, linger, romance, hang around, lollygag, relapse, mash, lallygag, lose, coquet, lag, mill around, trifle away, trail, fast, dally, regress, philander, butterfly, resort, jug, study at loiter, industrious, coquette, tarry, drop off, put away, kill, fall behind, jail, trifle, toy, lapse, mess about, fiddle away, imprison, recur, put behind bars, idle, waste, chat up, flirt, idle, mill about, immure, while, recidivate, recede, hover, incarcerate, fall back, retrogress, gaol, remand, wile, play, lurk, footle.
He went over to Swampington, therefore, upon a dutiful visit to his uncle; but rode to the Towers every day to inquire very particularly after his cousin's progress, and to dawdle on the sunny western terrace with Mary Marchmont.- "John Marchmont's Legacy, Volume I (of 3)", Mary E. Braddon.
- "Kenelm Chillingly, Complete", Edward Bulwer-Lytton.
Years afterward he built a commodious summer home on the choicest point that his property afforded, named it Southlook, and transformed that particular part of his wilderness into a millionaire's paradise, where he could dawdle and putter to his heart's content, where he could spend his time and his money with a prodigality that came so late in life to him that he made waste of both in his haste to live down a rather parsimonious past.- "The Hollow of Her Hand", George Barr McCutcheon.