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dally

[ dal-ee ]
/ 藞d忙l i /
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verb (used without object), dal路lied, dal路ly路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路lied, dal路ly路ing.
to waste (time) (usually followed by away).
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Origin of dally

First recorded in 1250鈥1300; Middle English dalien from Anglo-French dalier 鈥渢o chat,鈥 of uncertain origin

synonym study for dally

1. See loiter.

OTHER WORDS FROM dally

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

dally
/ (藞d忙l瑟) /

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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