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Monday, May 02, 2011

Definitions for dandle

  1. To move (a baby, child, etc.) lightly up and down, as on one's knee or in one's arms.
  2. To pet; pamper.

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Citations for dandle
If you have a child, dandle him or her on your knee while singing a happy song. Dean R. Koontz, Cold Fire
It may be thought that my desire to be a mother-in-law has, perhaps, something to do with my wish to dandle a grandchild on my knee before I am too arthritic even to dandle. Caledonia Kearns , Motherland: Writings By Irish American Woman About Mothers and Daughters
Origin of dandle
1520-1530
Dandle is first recorded in the 1500s, but is of unknown origin.