dally

[dal-ee]
verb (used without object), dallied, dallying.
1.
to waste time; loiter; delay.
2.
to act playfully, especially in an amorous or flirtatious way.
3.
to play mockingly; trifle: to dally with danger.
verb (used with object), dallied, dallying.
4.
to waste (time) (usually followed by away ).

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English dalien < Anglo-French dalier to chat, of uncertain origin

dallier, noun
dallyingly, adverb
undallying, adjective


1. See loiter. 2. flirt, tease, trifle. 3. toy.
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dally (ˈdælɪ)
 
vb , -lies, -lying, -lied
1.  to waste time idly; dawdle
2.  (usually foll by with) to deal frivolously or lightly with; trifle; toy: to dally with someone's affections
 
[C14: from Anglo-French dalier to gossip, of uncertain origin]
 
'dallier
 
n

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dally
c.1300, possibly from Anglo-Fr. dalier "to amuse oneself," of uncertain origin.
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Example sentences
We didn't have time to dally around the submarine diorama.
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