dandle

[ dan-dl ]
/ ˈdæn dl /

verb (used with object), dan·dled, dan·dling.

to move (a baby, child, etc.) lightly up and down, as on one's knee or in one's arms.
to pet; pamper.

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Origin of dandle

First recorded in 1520–30; origin uncertain; perhaps akin to Italian dandola, dondola “a child's doll” and its derivative verb dandolare, dondolare “to rock, swing, dangle,” and akin to French dandiner “to swing back and forth, dandle” and se dandiner “to make a hip movement, sway the hips, gyrate, waddle”

OTHER WORDS FROM dandle

dandler, nounun·dan·dled, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for dandle

dandle
/ (ˈdændəl) /

verb (tr)

to move (a young child, etc) up and down (on the knee or in the arms)
to pet; fondle

Derived forms of dandle

dandler, noun

Word Origin for dandle

C16: of uncertain origin
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