- 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
Examples from the Web for danglers
Uncle Giles says, “Perhaps they do it to keep off danglers.”Fred Markham in Russia
W. H. G. Kingston
It was also employed as a contemptuous phrase for danglers after young women.Domestic folk-lore
T. F. Thiselton-Dyer
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
It was also employed as a contemptuous name for danglers on young women.Folk-lore of Shakespeare
Thomas Firminger Thiselton-Dyer
- 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
Word Origin and History for danglers
1590s, probably from Scandinavian (cf. Danish dangle, Swedish dangla "to swing about," Norwegian dangla), perhaps via North Frisian dangeln. Related: Dangled; dangling.