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dally


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Dally  \Dal"ly\,  v.  t. 
  To  delay  unnecessarily;  to  while  away 
 
  Dallying  off  the  time  with  often  skirmishes.  --Knolles. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Dally  \Dal"ly\,  v.  i.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Dallied};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Dallying}.]  [OE.  ?alien,  dailien;  cf  Icel.  pylja  to  talk, 
  G.  dallen,  dalen,  dahlen,  to  trifle,  talk  nonsense,  OSw.  tule 
  a  droll  or  funny  man;  or  AS  dol  foolish,  E.  dull.] 
  1.  To  waste  time  in  effeminate  or  voluptuous  pleasures,  or  in 
  idleness;  to  fool  away  time;  to  delay  unnecessarily;  to 
  tarry;  to  trifle. 
 
  We  have  trifled  too  long  already;  it  is  madness  to 
  dally  any  longer.  --Calamy. 
 
  We  have  put  off  God,  and  dallied  with  his  grace. 
  --Barrow. 
 
  2.  To  interchange  caresses,  especially  with  one  of  the 
  opposite  sex;  to  use  fondling;  to  wanton;  to  sport. 
 
  Not  dallying  with  a  brace  of  courtesans.  --Shak. 
 
  Our  aerie  .  .  .  dallies  with  the  wind.  --Shak. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  dally 
  v  1:  behave  carelessly  or  indifferently;  "Play  about  with  a  young 
  girl's  affection"  [syn:  {toy},  {play},  {flirt}] 
  2:  leave  slowly  and  hesitantly  [syn:  {tarry},  {linger}] 
  3:  talk  amorously;  "The  guys  always  try  to  chat  up  the  new 
  secretaries";  "My  husband  never  flirts  with  other  women" 
  [syn:  {chat  up},  {flirt},  {coquet},  {coquette},  {romance}, 
  {philander},  {mash}] 
  4:  consider  not  very  seriously;  "He  is  trifiling  with  her"; 
  "She  plays  with  the  thought  of  moving  to  Tasmania"  [syn:  {trifle}, 
  {play}] 




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