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dangle

[ dang-guhl ]
/ ˈdæŋ gəl /
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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.

noun

the act of dangling.
something that dangles.

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drooping, suspended, hanging, pendent, droopy, pendulous

Nearby words

danger man, danger money, dangerous, dangerous offender, dangerously, dangle, dangleberry, dangling participle, dani, dania, daniel

Idioms

    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
SYNONYMS FOR dangle
Related formsdan·gler, noundan·gling·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for dangling

dangle

/ (ˈdæŋɡəl) /

verb

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

noun

the act of dangling or something that dangles
Derived Formsdangler, noundanglingly, adverb

Word Origin for dangle

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

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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