- (intr) informal to loiter or vacillate
Word Origin for dilly-dally
Related Words for dilly-dallydelay, vacillate, linger, procrastinate, hesitate, dawdle, mosey, loiter, meander
Examples from the Web for dilly-dally
Contemporary Examples of dilly-dally
Why dilly-dally with teenage angst when you can bring on the Giant Robots, that was my motto.The Great Summer Read Is Here
February 19, 2009
Historical Examples of dilly-dally
It also means, to trifle, to dilly-dally, to go round about a subject.
Daidle, to dilly-dally, to do a thing in a slow, sluggish manner.
There will be some real shooting here if you dilly-dally any longer.The Pony Rider Boys on the Blue Ridge
Frank Gee Patchin
He sed it was jest this dilly-dally policy that had ruined us.
Spain continued to dilly-dally and evade the question of her responsibility.Cuba
Arthur D. Hall
Word Origin and History for dilly-dally
1741, probably a reduplication of dally. Related: Dilly-dallying.