[ dang-guhl ]
/ ˈdæŋ gəl /

verb (used without object), dan·gled, dan·gling.

verb (used with object), dan·gled, dan·gling.

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


Related forms

dan·gler, noundan·gling·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for danglers

  • It was also employed as a contemptuous name for danglers on young women.

    Folk-lore of Shakespeare|Thomas Firminger Thiselton-Dyer
  • It was also employed as a contemptuous phrase for danglers after young women.

    Domestic folk-lore|T. F. Thiselton-Dyer
  • Uncle Giles says, “Perhaps they do it to keep off danglers.”

    Fred Markham in Russia|W. H. G. Kingston
  • Carmen—it was an old saying of the danglers in the time of Henderson—was a domestic woman except in her own home.

    That Fortune|Charles Dudley Warner

British Dictionary definitions for danglers


/ (ˈdæŋɡəl) /


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

Derived Forms

dangler, noundanglingly, adverb

Word Origin for dangle

C16: perhaps from Danish dangle, probably of imitative origin
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