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 ).

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.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To dally
World English Dictionary
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]

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Word Origin & History

c.1300, possibly from Anglo-Fr. dalier "to amuse oneself," of uncertain origin.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Example sentences
We didn't have time to dally around the submarine diorama.
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature