I trust Mrs. Terry will get her business easily over, and that you will soon "dandle Dickie on your knee."
Before I die I'd love to dandle a child of yours upon my knee.
I have dandled your sons and daughters, Roberta, and may I live to dandle theirs!
Strange that it should undertake to dandle such delicate children in its arm.
“My turn to dandle,” he said, with a sly look at his aunt, and convulsed everyone.
It makes me laugh a little inwardly to see how they dandle their poetical babies, but I don't let them know it.
And you'd love to have little grandsons to dandle on your knee.
And if he had a little Harry dandle next Christmas, wouldn't he give him the first spoonful out of the marrow-bone!
Where the young man brought his bride, even in a city home, there he hoped to dwell and dandle his grandchildren upon his knee.
Nature, and his parents alike, dandle him, and 'tice him on with a bit of sugar to a draught of wormwood.
1520s, of unknown origin. Perhaps somehow felt to be imitative. Cf. Italian dondolare "to dandle, swing," and French dandiner, from Old French dandin "small bell," imitative of its sound. Related: Dandled; dandling.