Chapter 1 All day long we seemed to dawdle through a country which was full of beauty of every kind. dawdle: to do something or go somewhere very slowly, taking more time than is necessary. Stop dawdling! You’ll be late for school! They are picturesque, but do not look prepossessing. prepossessing: interesting, attractive, or impressive: He wasn’t a very prepossessing sort of person. The box didn’t look very prepossessing, but the necklace inside was beautiful.