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dalliance


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Dalliance  \Dal"li*ance\,  n.  [From  {Dally}.] 
  1.  The  act  of  dallying,  trifling,  or  fondling;  interchange  of 
  caresses;  wanton  play. 
 
  Look  thou  be  true,  do  not  give  dalliance  Too  mnch 
  the  rein.  --Shak. 
 
  O,  the  dalliance  and  the  wit,  The  flattery  and  the 
  strife!  --Tennyson. 
 
  2.  Delay  or  procrastination.  --Shak. 
 
  3.  Entertaining  discourse.  [Obs.]  --Chaucer. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  dalliance 
  n  1:  the  deliberate  act  of  wasting  time  instead  of  working  [syn: 
  {dawdling},  {trifling},  {wasting  time}] 
  2:  playful  behavior  intended  to  arouse  sexual  interest  [syn:  {flirt}, 
  {flirting},  {flirtation},  {coquetry},  {toying}] 




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