Uncle Giles says, “Perhaps they do it to keep off danglers.”
It was also employed as a contemptuous phrase for danglers after young women.
Carmen—it was an old saying of the danglers in the time of Henderson—was a domestic woman except in her own home.
It was also employed as a contemptuous name for danglers on young women.
1590s, probably from Scandinavian (cf. Danish dangle, Swedish dangla "to swing about," Norwegian dangla), perhaps via North Frisian dangeln. Related: Dangled; dangling.