What does dally mean?

Definitions for dallyˈdæl i

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word dally.

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

  4. Origin: [OE. dalien, dailien; cf. Icel. pylja to talk, G. dallen, dalen, dahlen, to trifle, talk nonsense, OSw. tule a droll or funny man; or AS. dol foolish, E. dull.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Dally

    dal′i, v.i. to lose time by idleness or trifling: to play: to exchange caresses:—pa.p. dall′ied.—ns. Dall′iance, dallying, toying, or trifling: interchange of embraces: delay; Dall′ier, a trifler. [M. E. dalien, to play; prob. from A.S. dweligan, to err; cf. Ice. dvala, to delay, Dut. dwalen, to err; prob. conn. with dwell.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of dally in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of dally in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Mary McCarthy:

    Anti-Semitism is a horrible disease from which nobody is immune, and it has a kind of evil fascination that makes an enlightened person draw near the source of infection, supposedly in a scientific spirit, but really to sniff the vapors and dally with the possibility.

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Translations for dally

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • губя си времето, играя си, отлагам, флиртувамBulgarian
  • lanterner, lambiner, trainer, flirter, procrastinerFrench
  • trastullarsiItalian
  • whakarunarunaMāori
  • бездельничать, флиртовать, кокетничать, задерживать, задержать, прохлаждаться, развлекаться, [[время]] [[впустую]], откладывать, отложитьRussian

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