- to show indecision or hesitation; be irresolute; vacillate.
- to waste time; dawdle.
- irresolution; indecision; vacillation: It was sheer shilly-shally on his part.
- irresolute; undecided; vacillating.
Origin of shilly-shally
Related Words for shilly-shallydally, dawdle, dodge, fluctuate, halt, hesitate, stall, trifle, vacillate, waver
Examples from the Web for shilly-shally
Historical Examples of shilly-shally
There is no use in this shilly-shally way of yours, St. Clare!Uncle Tom's Cabin
Harriet Beecher Stowe
Shilly-shally, to trifle or fritter away time; to be irresolute.The Slang Dictionary
John Camden Hotten
Drapery it was, and quickly; for Mrs. Munsey was not wont to shilly-shally.Tales of Mean Streets
Strange that people will have so much faith in shilly-shally!Charles Sumner; his complete works, volume 7 (of 20)
"I have little experience of shilly-shally methods," replied his visitor.The Open Question