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verb -lies, -lying or -lied
  1. (intr) informal to loiter or vacillate
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Word Origin for dilly-dally

C17: by reduplication from dally
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Related Words for dilly-dally

delay, vacillate, linger, procrastinate, hesitate, dawdle, mosey, loiter, meander

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Word Origin and History for dilly-dally


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

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