- 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 dangling
They are always suspended over a precipice, dangling by a slender thread that shows every sign of snapping.How the PC Police Threaten Free Speech
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To the wannabe winners he gave business cards and fliers, dangling attractive security solutions for their would-be shops.Weed Cops Blaze New Trail
Valerie Vande Panne
March 4, 2014
The dragon, now dangling by a claw from the edge of the sand tray, is on the cusp of defeat.The Rise of Superhero Therapy: Comic Books as Psychological Treatment
February 17, 2014
Who can forget Lindsey Vonn dangling from a Medevac helicopter after her 2013 season-ending crash?Skiing Prodigy Mikaela Shiffrin Looks Ahead to Sochi
December 1, 2013
But sitting in one of these colorful variants, dangling daringly on the wall, would be a challenge.15 Most Bonkers Chairs at Pop Art Design in London
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Dangling from each one was a small, pear-shaped globule of metal.
Clumsily enough, dangling as he was, Bell twisted about to look for Paula.
Blake cut off the line at the foot of the cliff and left it dangling.Out of the Depths
Robert Ames Bennet
We might have said that before, and yet there was the dangling rope that three of them climbed.Boy Scouts on Hudson Bay
G. Harvey Ralphson
Behold, there was a burial scaffold, with the blankets all ragged and dangling.
- 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 dangling
1590s, probably from Scandinavian (cf. Danish dangle, Swedish dangla "to swing about," Norwegian dangla), perhaps via North Frisian dangeln. Related: Dangled; dangling.