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

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.

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Historical Examples of dilly-dally

Word Origin and History for dilly-dally

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

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