verb (used with object), dan·dled, dan·dling.
- dandie dinmont,
- dandy brush
Origin of dandle
Examples from the Web for dandle
Before I die I'd love to dandle a child of yours upon my knee.The Cuckoo Clock|Mrs. Molesworth
And if he had a little Harry dandle next Christmas, wouldn't he give him the first spoonful out of the marrow-bone!Gryll Grange|Thomas Love Peacock
I used to dandle you when you were an infant—good gracious, what red hair you had, and—it hasn't changed, not at all!The Honorable Miss|L. T. Meade
Strange that it should undertake to dandle such delicate children in its arm.Cape Cod|Henry D. Thoreau
"We little know what's in the mind of the babies we dandle in our arms," and went feebly out.One of My Sons|Anna Katharine Green
Word Origin for dandle
1520s, of unknown origin. Perhaps somehow felt to be imitative. Cf. Italian dondolare "to dandle, swing," and French dandiner, from Old French dandin "small bell," imitative of its sound. Related: Dandled; dandling.