- 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
Examples from the Web for dandle
I have dandled your sons and daughters, Roberta, and may I live to dandle theirs!The Martian
George Du Maurier
Before I die I'd love to dandle a child of yours upon my knee.The Cuckoo Clock
“My turn to dandle,” he said, with a sly look at his aunt, and convulsed everyone.The History of Mr. Polly
H. G. Wells
And you'd love to have little grandsons to dandle on your knee.Plays: Lady Frederick, The Explorer, A Man of Honor
William Somerset Maugham
I trust Mrs. Terry will get her business easily over, and that you will soon "dandle Dickie on your knee."Memoirs of the Life of Sir Walter Scott, Volume V (of 10)
John Gibson Lockhart
- to move (a young child, etc) up and down (on the knee or in the arms)
- to pet; fondle
Word Origin and History 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.