- to waste time; loiter; delay.
- to act playfully, especially in an amorous or flirtatious way.
- to play mockingly; trifle: to dally with danger.
- to waste (time) (usually followed by away).
Origin of dally
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Examples from the Web for dallied
He dallied in his room so that she might have plenty of time in which to learn Mary's news.Changing Winds
St. John G. Ervine
I had a heart that dallied Letter to Southey, July 29, 1802.The Complete Poetical Works of Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
She walked slowly and more slowly as he dallied by her side.Mountain Blood
And still Charles dallied and delayed, still the main army did not come up.The Red True Story Book
If he had dallied in his love-making he lingered in his kissing.Colorado Jim
- to waste time idly; dawdle
- (usually foll by with) to deal frivolously or lightly with; trifle; toyto dally with someone's affections
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.