daw‧dle /ˈdɔːdl $ ˈdɒː-/ verb [intransitive] to take a long time to do something or walk somewhere:
Don’t dawdle – we’re late already!
I dawdled over a second cup of coffee.
Is "dawdle" a friendly word in everyday conversation or do we have a simpler one?
For example, "don't dawdle along the way and please don't talk to strangers!" or "don't hang about/around along the way and please don't talk to strangers!"?