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dangle

[dang-guh l] /ˈdæŋ gəl/
verb (used without object), dangled, dangling.
1.
to hang loosely, especially with a jerking or swaying motion:
The rope dangled in the breeze.
2.
to hang around or follow a person, as if seeking favor or attention.
3.
Grammar. to occur as a modifier without a head or as a participle without an implied subject, as leaving the tunnel in The daylight was blinding, leaving the tunnel.
verb (used with object), dangled, dangling.
4.
to cause to dangle; hold or carry swaying loosely.
5.
to offer as an inducement.
noun
6.
the act of dangling.
7.
something that dangles.
Idioms
8.
keep someone dangling, to keep someone in a state of uncertainty.
Origin of dangle
1580-1590
1580-90; expressive word akin to Norwegian, Swedish dangla, Danish dangle dangle
Related forms
dangler, noun
danglingly, adverb
Synonyms
1. swing, sway, flap.
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Examples from the Web for dangler
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  • That was the closest we ever came to going down dangler's hill.

    Back Home Eugene Wood
  • A search was still in progress for dangler, but so far he had not been located.

    The Rover Boys on the Farm Arthur M. Winfield (AKA Edward Stratemeyer)
  • My informant was in a position to be definite about this dangler; she knew about his people; she had heard of him before.

    Glasses Henry James
  • "This must have been dangler's hangout," was Dick's comment.

    The Rover Boys on the Farm Arthur M. Winfield (AKA Edward Stratemeyer)
  • The man named dangler followed the runabout to the road and watched it disappear around a turn bordered by trees.

    The Rover Boys on the Farm Arthur M. Winfield (AKA Edward Stratemeyer)
  • They saw no more of dangler, and the footprints had disappeared.

    The Rover Boys on the Farm Arthur M. Winfield (AKA Edward Stratemeyer)
  • "Yes, and got your full share of the proceeds, while I ran the risk," growled dangler.

    The Rover Boys on the Farm Arthur M. Winfield (AKA Edward Stratemeyer)
  • I hate a dangler, who is more like a footman than a husband.

    Advice to Young Men William Cobbett
  • The others considered Sam's advice good, and after another look around for dangler, they turned in the direction of home.

    The Rover Boys on the Farm Arthur M. Winfield (AKA Edward Stratemeyer)
  • You might as well give up dangler; you are bound to be caught some time.

    The Rover Boys on the Farm Arthur M. Winfield (AKA Edward Stratemeyer)
British Dictionary definitions for dangler

dangle

/ˈdæŋɡəl/
verb
1.
to hang or cause to hang freely: his legs dangled over the wall
2.
(transitive) to display as an enticement: the hope of a legacy was dangled before her
noun
3.
the act of dangling or something that dangles
Derived Forms
dangler, noun
danglingly, adverb
Word Origin
C16: perhaps from Danish dangle, probably of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for dangler

dangle

v.

1590s, probably from Scandinavian (cf. Danish dangle, Swedish dangla "to swing about," Norwegian dangla), perhaps via North Frisian dangeln. Related: Dangled; dangling.

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