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.

Origin of dandle

1520–30; dand- (obscurely akin to the base of French dandiner to dandle, se dandiner to waddle, and related Romance words) + -le

OTHER WORDS FROM dandle

dan·dler, 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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