dillydally

[ dil-ee-dal-ee, -dal- ]
/ ˈdɪl iˌdæl i, -ˈdæl- /

verb (used without object), dil·ly·dal·lied, dil·ly·dal·ly·ing.

to waste time, especially by indecision; vacillate; trifle; loiter.

Nearby words

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

Origin of dillydally

First recorded in 1735–45; gradational reduplication of dally

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