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dandle

[dan-dl] /ˈdæn dl/
verb (used with object), dandled, dandling.
1.
to move (a baby, child, etc.) lightly up and down, as on one's knee or in one's arms.
2.
to pet; pamper.
Origin
1520-1530
1520-30; dand- (obscurely akin to the base of French dandiner to dandle, se dandiner to waddle, and related Romance words) + -le
Related forms
dandler, noun
undandled, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for dandle

dandle

/ˈdændəl/
verb (transitive)
1.
to move (a young child, etc) up and down (on the knee or in the arms)
2.
to pet; fondle
Derived Forms
dandler, noun
Word Origin
C16: of uncertain origin
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v.

1520s, of unknown origin. Perhaps somehow felt to be imitative. Cf. Italian dondolare "to dandle, swing," and French dandiner, from Old French dandin "small bell," imitative of its sound. Related: Dandled; dandling.

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