Definitions for dallyˈdæl i

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

dal•ly*ˈdæl i(v.)-lied, -ly•ing.

  1. (v.i.)to waste time; loiter; delay.

  2. to act playfully, esp. in an amorous or flirtatious way.

  3. to play mockingly; trifle:

    to dally with danger.

  4. (v.t.)to waste (time) (usu. fol. by away).

* Syn: See loiter.

Origin of dally:

1250–1300; ME dalien < AF dalier to chat, of uncert. orig.


Princeton's WordNet

  1. dally, toy, play, flirt(verb)

    behave carelessly or indifferently

    "Play about with a young girl's affection"

  2. dally, dawdle(verb)

    waste time

    "Get busy--don't dally!"

  3. chat up, flirt, dally, butterfly, coquet, coquette, romance, philander, mash(verb)

    talk or behave amorously, without serious intentions

    "The guys always try to chat up the new secretaries"; "My husband never flirts with other women"

  4. dally, trifle, play(verb)

    consider not very seriously

    "He is trifling with her"; "She plays with the thought of moving to Tasmania"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dally(verb)

    to waste time in effeminate or voluptuous pleasures, or in idleness; to fool away time; to delay unnecessarily; to tarry; to trifle

  2. Dally(verb)

    to interchange caresses, especially with one of the opposite sex; to use fondling; to wanton; to sport

  3. Dally(verb)

    to delay unnecessarily; to while away

Translations for dally

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to go etc slowly

Don't dally; – do hurry up!

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