dalliance

[dal-ee-uhns, dal-yuhns]
noun
1.
a trifling away of time; dawdling.
2.
amorous toying; flirtation.

Origin:
1300–50; Middle English daliaunce. See dally, -ance

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dalliance (ˈdælɪəns)
 
n
1.  waste of time in frivolous action or in dawdling
2.  an archaic word for flirtation

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Example sentences
Then things begin happening fast, as though to make up for the time lost in
  dalliance.
Many grad school students are already in committed relationships and the lure
  of an overseas dalliance is insignificant.
After a brief dalliance with the broken meter, he threw the switch.
Even on the eve of his wedding day, he insists on having an extra-curricular
  dalliance.
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