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verb (used without object), dal·lied, dal·ly·ing.
  1. to waste time; loiter; delay.
  2. to act playfully, especially in an amorous or flirtatious way.
  3. to play mockingly; trifle: to dally with danger.
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verb (used with object), dal·lied, dal·ly·ing.
  1. to waste (time) (usually followed by away).
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Origin of dally

1250–1300; Middle English dalien < Anglo-French dalier to chat, of uncertain origin
Related formsdal·li·er, noundal·ly·ing·ly, adverbun·dal·ly·ing, adjective


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1. See loiter. 2. flirt, tease, trifle. 3. toy.
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Historical Examples

  • 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.

  • She walked slowly and more slowly as he dallied by her side.

    Mountain Blood

    Joseph Hergesheimer

  • And still Charles dallied and delayed, still the main army did not come up.

  • If he had dallied in his love-making he lingered in his kissing.

    Colorado Jim

    George Goodchild

British Dictionary definitions for dallied


verb -lies, -lying or -lied (intr)
  1. to waste time idly; dawdle
  2. (usually foll by with) to deal frivolously or lightly with; trifle; toyto dally with someone's affections
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Derived Formsdallier, noun

Word Origin

C14: from Anglo-French dalier to gossip, of uncertain origin
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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.

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