dally

[ dal-ee ]
/ ˈdæl i /

verb (used without object), dal·lied, dal·ly·ing.

to waste time; loiter; delay.
to act playfully, especially in an amorous or flirtatious way.
to play mockingly; trifle: to dally with danger.

verb (used with object), dal·lied, dal·ly·ing.

to waste (time) (usually followed by away).

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Origin of dally

First recorded in 1250–1300; Middle English dalien from Anglo-French dalier “to chat,” of uncertain origin

SYNONYMS FOR dally

synonym study for dally

1. See loiter.

OTHER WORDS FROM dally

dal·li·er, noundal·ly·ing·ly, adverbun·dal·ly·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for dally

dally
/ (ˈdælɪ) /

verb -lies, -lying or -lied (intr)

to waste time idly; dawdle
(usually foll by with) to deal frivolously or lightly with; trifle; toyto dally with someone's affections

Derived forms of dally

dallier, noun

Word Origin for dally

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