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[dal-ee] /ˈdæl i/
verb (used without object), dallied, dallying.
to waste time; loiter; delay.
to act playfully, especially in an amorous or flirtatious way.
to play mockingly; trifle:
to dally with danger.
verb (used with object), dallied, dallying.
to waste (time) (usually followed by away).
Origin of dally
1250-1300; Middle English dalien < Anglo-French dalier to chat, of uncertain origin
Related forms
dallier, noun
dallyingly, adverb
undallying, adjective
1. See loiter. 2. flirt, tease, trifle. 3. toy. Unabridged
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verb (intransitive) -lies, -lying, -lied
to waste time idly; dawdle
(usually foll by with) to deal frivolously or lightly with; trifle; toy: to dally with someone's affections
Derived Forms
dallier, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Anglo-French dalier to gossip, of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for dally

c.1300, "to talk, converse," possibly from Anglo-French dalier "to amuse oneself," of uncertain origin. Sense of "waste time" emerged by late 14c. Related: Dallied; dallying.

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Slang definitions & phrases for dally

daisy chain

noun phrase

Sexual acts shared or partly shared by more than two people at the same time in the same place; group sex (1941+)

verb phrase

To connect; link; chain: Up to 8 EXP-16's may be daisy-chained together for a total of 128 differential inputs (1990s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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