WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
dal•ly /ˈdæli/USA pronunciation   v. [no obj], -lied, -ly•ing. 
  1. to waste time; delay:Come straight home and don't dally.
  2. to act playfully coy with;
    flirt:dallied with every handsome man.
dal•li•ance /ˈdæliəns/USA pronunciation  n. [uncountable]
dal•li•er, n. [countable]

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
dal•ly  (dalē),USA pronunciation v.,  -lied, -ly•ing. 
v.i. 
  1. to waste time;
    loiter;
    delay.
  2. to act playfully, esp. in an amorous or flirtatious way.
  3. to play mockingly;
    trifle:to dally with danger.

v.t. 
  1. to waste (time) (usually fol. by away).
dalli•er, n. 
dally•ing•ly, adv. 
  • Anglo-French dalier to chat, of uncertain origin, originally
  • Middle English dalien 1250–1300
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged See  loiter. 
    • 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged flirt, tease, trifle.
    • 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged toy.


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

dally /ˈdælɪ/ vb ( -lies, -lying, -lied)(intransitive)
  1. to waste time idly; dawdle
  2. (usually followed by with) to deal frivolously or lightly with; trifle; toy: to dally with someone's affections
Etymology: 14th Century: from Anglo-French dalier to gossip, of uncertain origin



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