verb (used without object), tod·dled, tod·dling.

  1. to move with short, unsteady steps, as a young child.


  1. the act of toddling.
  2. an unsteady gait.

verb (intr)

  1. to walk with short unsteady steps, as a child does when learning to walk
  2. (foll by off) jocular to depart
  3. (foll by round, over, etc) jocular to stroll; amble


  1. the act or an instance of toddling

“to run or walk with short, unsteady steps,” c.1600, Scottish and northern British, of uncertain origin, possibly related to totter (1530s); an earlier sense of “to toy, play” is found c.1500. Related: Toddled; toddling.

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