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dalliance

[dal-ee-uh ns, dal-yuh ns] /ˈdæl i əns, ˈdæl yəns/
noun
1.
a trifling away of time; dawdling.
2.
amorous toying; flirtation.
Origin of dalliance
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English daliaunce. See dally, -ance
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  • Any trifling or dalliance on his part would have been his ruin.

    Whitman John Burroughs
  • This dalliance, however, did not suit the ardor of my angry favorite.

    Captain Canot Brantz Mayer
  • It was then, as in after years she was the woman serious, when her own songs moved her, with her dalliance and indifference gone.

    Gilian The Dreamer Neil Munro
  • Sr W.—In sooth, when a shift's turned up, delay is meet for naught but dalliance.

    1601 Mark Twain
  • You are his mother, and a kind woman, will you continually search out his dalliance?

    The Golden Asse Lucius Apuleius
British Dictionary definitions for dalliance

dalliance

/ˈdælɪəns/
noun
1.
waste of time in frivolous action or in dawdling
2.
an archaic word for flirtation
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