• WordNet 3.6
    • n dallier someone who wastes time
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Dallier One who fondles; a trifler; as, dalliers with pleasant words.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n dallier One who dallies; one who trifles; a trifler.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Dallier a trifler
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
M. E. dalien, to play; prob. from A.S. dweligan, to err; cf. Ice. dvala, to delay, Dut. dwalen, to err; prob. conn. with dwell.


In literature:

These men are at any rate 'thorough'; they are not dilettante dalliers between two opinions.
"Matthew Arnold" by George Saintsbury
Finally the last dallier had his say, and, after an exchange of cordial good nights, departed.
"A Pirate of Parts" by Richard Neville
You are a dallier, philanderer.
"The Moving Finger" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
You see by my brusque ways, my bluntness, that I have been no dallier in drawing-rooms, no holder of lady's silk.
"By Birth a Lady" by George Manville Fenn
Such poets are no dalliers with anaemic feelings.
"The Literature of Ecstasy" by Albert Mordell
She was no dreamer or dallier.
"Ruth Fielding In the Red Cross" by Alice B. Emerson

In science:

Some line ratios, for instance EW(CO 1.62)/EW(SiI 1.59) (Origlia, Moorwood & Oliva 1993; Dallier, Boisson & Joly 1996; F¨orster-Schreiber 2000), are better temperature indicators than individual lines because the division cancels out any additional luminosity, metallicity, or reddening effects.
A Medium-Resolution Near-Infrared Spectral Library of Late Type Stars: I