verb (used without object), tod·dled, tod·dling.
- to move with short, unsteady steps, as a young child.
- the act of toddling.
- an unsteady gait.
- to walk with short unsteady steps, as a child does when learning to walk
- (foll by off) jocular to depart
- (foll by round, over, etc) jocular to stroll; amble
- 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.