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/ 藞l蓲l i藢g忙g /
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verb (used without object), lol路ly路gagged, lol路ly路gag路ging.Informal.
to spend time idly; loaf.
to indulge in kisses and caresses; make love; neck.
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Also lal路ly路gag [lah-lee-gag, lal-ee-] /藞l蓱 li藢g忙g, 藞l忙l i-/ .

Origin of lollygag

An Americanism dating back to 1860鈥65; origin uncertain

Words nearby lollygag

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What does聽lollygag mean?

To lollygag is to dilly-dally, dawdle, loaf around, or goof off. If you鈥檙e lollygagging, you鈥檙e wasting time by moving slowly or doing something less important than what you should be (or doing nothing at all).

Lollygag is primarily used in the United States. It is synonymous with the very similar spelled lallygag, but lollygag is more commonly used. Both are very informal.

Example: Coach yelled at Spencer for lollygagging at practice.

Where does聽lollygag聽come from?

The first recorded uses of lollygag and lallygag come from around the 1860s. They are considered Americanisms鈥攎eaning they likely originated in and are most used in the United States. But their etymological origin is unknown. The word loll, meaning to 鈥渞ecline or lean in a relaxed or lazy manner鈥 (as in loll on the couch) has been in use since the 1300s, but there is no evidence connecting it to lollygag. Nor is there any evidence that the second part is based on the sense of the word gag referring to a joke or trick. So we鈥檒l stop lollygagging and start talking about how it鈥檚 used.

A somewhat formal definition of lollygag is 鈥渢o waste time idly.鈥 But lollygag is a very informal word applied to the kind of very informal activities best known as goofing off or messing around or dilly-dallying. If you鈥檙e supposed to be doing your homework but you鈥檙e messing around with your friends by doing nothing in particular, you鈥檙e lollygagging. Sometimes, lollygag means 鈥渢o loiter鈥 or 鈥渢o do just about nothing at all.鈥 It鈥檚 also commonly used to mean 鈥渢o move slowly or drag behind,鈥 as in Quit lollygagging back there and catch up with the rest of the group!

Lallygag (and to a lesser extent lollygag) was formerly used as a slang term meaning 鈥渢o kiss or engage in sexual activity,鈥 but it is not really used this way anymore (although some of its synonyms are, such as mess around).

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What are some other forms related to lollygag?

  • lollygags (verb, present tense)
  • lollygagged (verb, past tense
  • lollygagging (verb, continuous tense)
  • lollygagger (noun)

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How is聽lollygag used in real life?

Lollygag is most commonly used by people in the U.S. talking about wasting time or taking longer than they should to do something.


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Which of the following words is an antonym (opposite) of lollygag?

A. dawdle
B. idle
C. hurry
D. loiter

How to use lollygag in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for lollygag

/ (藞l蓲l瑟藢伞忙伞) /

verb -gags, -gagging or -gagged
(intr) a variant of lallygag
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012