One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘holidaymakers were dawdling over breakfast’
linger, dally, take one's time, drag one's feet, be slow, waste time, kill time, fritter time away, idle
delay, procrastinate, stall, hang fire, mark time, potter about, potter around, potter round
informal dilly-dally, let the grass grow under one's feet
archaic, literary tarry
2‘Ruth dawdled back through the wood’
amble, stroll, go slowly, walk slowly, loiter, loiter along, move at a snail's pace, not keep pace, hold back, lag behind, fall behind, trail behind
informal mosey, tootle
British informal pootle, bimble, mooch, swan
North American informal putter
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