dilly-dally

/ (ˌdɪlɪˈdælɪ) /

verb -lies, -lying or -lied

(intr) informal to loiter or vacillate

Word Origin for dilly-dally

C17: by reduplication from dally
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Word Origin and History for dilly-dally

dilly-dally


v.

1741, probably a reduplication of dally. Related: Dilly-dallying.

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