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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Dandle  \Dan"dle\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Dandled};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Dandling}.]  [Cf.  G.  d["a]ndeln  to  trifly,  dandle,  OD  & 
  Prov.  G.  danten,  G.  tand  trifly,  prattle;  Scot.  dandill, 
  dander,  to  go  about  idly,  to  trifly.] 
  1.  To  move  up  and  down  on  one's  knee  or  in  one's  arms,  in 
  affectionate  play,  as  an  infant. 
 
  Ye  shall  be  dandled  .  .  .  upon  her  knees.  --Is.? 
 
  2.  To  treat  with  fondness,  as  if  a  child;  to  fondle;  to  toy 
  with  to  pet. 
 
  They  have  put  me  in  a  silk  gown  and  gaudy  fool's 
  cap;  I  as  ashamed  to  be  dandled  thus  --Addison. 
 
  The  book,  thus  dandled  into  popularity  by  bishops 
  and  good  ladies,  contained  many  pieces  of  nursery 
  eloquence.  --Jeffrey. 
 
  3.  To  play  with  to  put  off  or  delay  by  trifles;  to  wheedle. 
  [Obs.] 
 
  Captains  do  so  dandle  their  doings,  and  dally  in  the 
  service,  as  it  they  would  not  have  the  enemy 
  subdued.  --Spenser. 




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