- to hang loosely, especially with a jerking or swaying motion: The rope dangled in the breeze.
- to hang around or follow a person, as if seeking favor or attention.
- 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.
- to cause to dangle; hold or carry swaying loosely.
- to offer as an inducement.
- the act of dangling.
- something that dangles.
- keep someone dangling, to keep someone in a state of uncertainty.
Origin of dangle
1580–90; expressive word akin to Norwegian, Swedish dangla, Danish dangle dangle
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1. swing, sway, flap.
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- to hang or cause to hang freelyhis legs dangled over the wall
- (tr) to display as an enticementthe hope of a legacy was dangled before her
- the act of dangling or something that dangles
C16: perhaps from Danish dangle, probably of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for dangler
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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