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[dal-ee] /ˈdæl i/
verb (used without object), dallied, dallying.
to waste time; loiter; delay.
to act playfully, especially in an amorous or flirtatious way.
to play mockingly; trifle:
to dally with danger.
verb (used with object), dallied, dallying.
to waste (time) (usually followed by away).
Origin of dally
1250-1300; Middle English dalien < Anglo-French dalier to chat, of uncertain origin
Related forms
dallier, noun
dallyingly, adverb
undallying, adjective
1. See loiter. 2. flirt, tease, trifle. 3. toy. Unabridged
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  • Queed dallied with his thought, frankly and with the purest unaltruism.

    Queed Henry Sydnor Harrison
  • She walked slowly and more slowly as he dallied by her side.

    Mountain Blood Joseph Hergesheimer
  • Talleyrand gave his in writing on March eighth; he had so dallied with royalists that his position must be definite now.

    The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte William Milligan Sloane
  • And still Charles dallied and delayed, still the main army did not come up.

  • Wiley dallied with the next batter for the purpose of giving the dummy pitcher time to shake the kinks out of his arm.

    Lefty Locke Pitcher-Manager Burt L. Standish
  • I had a heart that dallied Letter to Southey, July 29, 1802.

  • At any rate he saw them safely home, and dallied over his responsibility and the gate post until they said they must go in.

    Neighbours Robert Stead
  • So he dallied, and bungled; and then you two intervened, and his game was hopeless.

    The Dictator Justin McCarthy
  • Of course not; it was your business to keep the husband busy, while Monsieur Auguste dallied with madame in the thick shrubbery!

  • He has dared this, which I have dallied with, and left undone.

    If, Yes and Perhaps Edward Everett Hale
British Dictionary definitions for dallied


verb (intransitive) -lies, -lying, -lied
to waste time idly; dawdle
(usually foll by with) to deal frivolously or lightly with; trifle; toy: to dally with someone's affections
Derived Forms
dallier, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Anglo-French dalier to gossip, of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for dallied



c.1300, "to talk, converse," possibly from Anglo-French dalier "to amuse oneself," of uncertain origin. Sense of "waste time" emerged by late 14c. Related: Dallied; dallying.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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