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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
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 © 2016
dal•ly  (dalē), 
v., -lied, -ly•ing. 

  1. to waste time;
  2. to act playfully, esp. in an amorous or flirtatious way.
  3. to play mockingly;
    trifle:to dally with danger.

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