dilly-dally

verb -lies, -lying or -lied

(intr) informal to loiter or vacillate

Nearby words

  1. dillon, john,
  2. dillon, john forrest,
  3. dillweed,
  4. dilly,
  5. dilly bag,
  6. dillydally,
  7. diltiazem,
  8. diltiazem hydrochloride,
  9. diluent,
  10. dilute

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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