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dangle

[dang-guhl]
verb (used without object), dan·gled, dan·gling.
  1. to hang loosely, especially with a jerking or swaying motion: The rope dangled in the breeze.
  2. to hang around or follow a person, as if seeking favor or attention.
  3. Grammar. to occur as a modifier without a head or as a participle without an implied subject, as leaving the tunnel in The daylight was blinding, leaving the tunnel.
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verb (used with object), dan·gled, dan·gling.
  1. to cause to dangle; hold or carry swaying loosely.
  2. to offer as an inducement.
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noun
  1. the act of dangling.
  2. something that dangles.
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Idioms
  1. keep someone dangling, to keep someone in a state of uncertainty.
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Origin of dangle

1580–90; expressive word akin to Norwegian, Swedish dangla, Danish dangle dangle
Related formsdan·gler, noundan·gling·ly, adverb

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Examples from the Web for dangler

Historical Examples

  • A search was still in progress for Dangler, but so far he had not been located.

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    Arthur M. Winfield (AKA Edward Stratemeyer)

  • "This must have been Dangler's hangout," was Dick's comment.

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    Arthur M. Winfield (AKA Edward Stratemeyer)

  • They saw no more of Dangler, and the footprints had disappeared.

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  • That was the closest we ever came to going down Dangler's hill.

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  • I hate a dangler, who is more like a footman than a husband.

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British Dictionary definitions for dangler

dangle

verb
  1. to hang or cause to hang freelyhis legs dangled over the wall
  2. (tr) to display as an enticementthe hope of a legacy was dangled before her
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noun
  1. the act of dangling or something that dangles
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Derived Formsdangler, noundanglingly, adverb

Word Origin

C16: perhaps from Danish dangle, probably of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for dangler

dangle

v.

1590s, probably from Scandinavian (cf. Danish dangle, Swedish dangla "to swing about," Norwegian dangla), perhaps via North Frisian dangeln. Related: Dangled; dangling.

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