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.
Idioms about dangle
keep someone dangling, to keep someone in a state of uncertainty.
- dangler, noun
- dan·gling·ly, adverb
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How to use dangle in a sentence
They are always suspended over a precipice, dangling by a slender thread that shows every sign of snapping.
A teenage soldier with a lit cigarette dangling from his mouth stepped onto the bus and told all the men to get off.On the Bus: Ukraine’s Frontline Express Across the Battle Lines | Ted Phillips | September 8, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
From there she freezes, the card in question dangling from her lips as she waits for him to catch on.
She was discovered by husband Thomas Cohen in a spare room, where she lay on a bed with one leg dangling on the floor.
To the wannabe winners he gave business cards and fliers, dangling attractive security solutions for their would-be shops.
He was not a man to dodge trouble that might bring profit dangling to the fringe of her skirt.Scattergood Baines | Clarence Budington Kelland
Mariequita sat near by, dangling her legs, watching him work, and handing him nails from the tool-box.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories | Kate Chopin
Besides, there was the ever unceasing grizzly spectre of poverty dangling before Jessie's eyes.The Weight of the Crown | Fred M. White
The American was dressed after the fashion prevailing in the hills, and had a couple of revolvers dangling at his hips.Motor Matt's "Century" Run | Stanley R. Matthews
I remember the feeling I had when my brother once showed me the picture of a man dangling from the branch of a tree.Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist | Alexander Berkman
British Dictionary definitions for dangle
to hang or cause to hang freely: his legs dangled over the wall
(tr) to display as an enticement: the hope of a legacy was dangled before her
the act of dangling or something that dangles
- dangler, noun
- danglingly, adverb
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