- to hang loosely, especially with a jerking or swaying motion: The rope dangled in the breeze.
- to hang around or follow a person, as if seeking favor or attention.
- Grammar. to occur as a modifier without a head or as a participle without an implied subject, as leaving the tunnel in The daylight was blinding, leaving the tunnel.
- to cause to dangle; hold or carry swaying loosely.
- to offer as an inducement.
- the act of dangling.
- something that dangles.
- keep someone dangling, to keep someone in a state of uncertainty.
Origin of dangle
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Examples from the Web for dangle
Dangle mere feet from one of these behemoths to feel very small indeed.It’s a Big, Big World: Sights That Make You Feel Small
December 24, 2013
And, like it or not, those are exactly the types of players at whom the Yankees like to dangle money, yearly.New York Is Not Really the Best Place for the All-Star Game
July 14, 2013
Plenty of novels can dangle the facts well enough to merit our page-turning interest.Desperately Seeking Charm: Steven Amsterdam on an Elusive Quality
April 1, 2013
Would the Park Avenue Armory string hundreds of Picassos or Rembrandts on wire and dangle them 45 feet in the air?Infinite Variety: The Quilt Show's Catch-22
March 29, 2011
The leadership may have to dangle choice committee assignments to complete the steal, and engage in other kinds of horse-trading.How To Switch Parties
Samuel P. Jacobs
January 6, 2010
They dangle not down like spindles, but hang stiff and bend at the elbow.The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood
While he answered one of Mr. Crane's questions, he let them dangle from his fingers.They Twinkled Like Jewels
Philip Jos Farmer
She was then but fifteen, and he had just begun to dangle at her heels.The Root of Evil
"Very likely to dangle before somebody's eyes," he answered slyly.The Chestermarke Instinct
J. S. Fletcher
Next moment Yorke was down, and Dangle was not there to pick up the ball.The Cock-House at Fellsgarth
Talbot Baines Reed
- to hang or cause to hang freelyhis legs dangled over the wall
- (tr) to display as an enticementthe hope of a legacy was dangled before her
- the act of dangling or something that dangles
Word Origin and History for dangle
1590s, probably from Scandinavian (cf. Danish dangle, Swedish dangla "to swing about," Norwegian dangla), perhaps via North Frisian dangeln. Related: Dangled; dangling.