dandle

dandle

[dan-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:
1520–30; dand- (obscurely akin to the base of French dandiner to dandle, se dandiner to waddle, and related Romance words) + -le

dandler, noun
undandled, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To dandle
Collins
World English Dictionary
dandle (ˈdændəl)
 
vb
1.  to move (a young child, etc) up and down (on the knee or in the arms)
2.  to pet; fondle
 
[C16: of uncertain origin]
 
'dandler
 
n

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
Etymonline
Word Origin & History

dandle
1530, of unknown origin.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Related Words
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature