dally

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v dally consider not very seriously "He is trifling with her","She plays with the thought of moving to Tasmania"
    • v dally talk or behave amorously, without serious intentions "The guys always try to chat up the new secretaries","My husband never flirts with other women"
    • v dally waste time "Get busy--don't dally!"
    • v dally behave carelessly or indifferently "Play about with a young girl's affection"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Dally To delay unnecessarily; to while away. "Dallying off the time with often skirmishes."
    • Dally To interchange caresses, especially with one of the opposite sex; to use fondling; to wanton; to sport. "Not dallying with a brace of courtesans.""Our aerie . . . dallies with the wind."
    • Dally 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.""We have put off God, and dallied with his grace."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • dally To talk idly or foolishly; pass the time in idle or frivolous chat.
    • dally To trifle away time in any manner, as in vague employment or in mere idleness; linger; loiter; delay.
    • dally To play, sport, frolic, toy, as in exchanging caresses; wanton.
    • dally To delay; defer; put off.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Dally dal′i to lose time by idleness or trifling: to play: to exchange caresses
    • pa.p Dally dall′ied
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. dalien, 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,

Usage

In literature:

Blueberries were ripe, and beguiled the pair into many a moment's dallying by the wayside.
"The Continental Monthly, Volume V. Issue I" by Various
Ye love to dance, and dally with the fair, In saffron robes with purple flounces gay.
"The Aeneid of Virgil" by Virgil
It will be a sad trial for our patience to wait so long, after having already dallied more than two months in Tintalous.
"Narrative of a Mission to Central Africa Performed in the Years 1850-51, Volume 2" by James Richardson
The touch, too, has its pleasures, dallying with leaf and flower.
"Nature Near London" by Richard Jefferies
You dallied for a day or two at Arles, getting this woman to write a lying letter to your wife saying that you were down with fever.
"Swirling Waters" by Max Rittenberg
He dwells in "the cedar's top" and "dallies with the wind and scorns the sun.
"Shadows of the Stage" by William Winter
Dally no longer: up, set to thy hand; Or see his love unclothed and naked stand.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Complete" by John Symonds
They were all tremendously excited and did not dally by the wayside to chat about the situation with me.
"A Journal From Our Legation in Belgium" by Hugh Gibson
He says it was one o' them plans as dilly-dally is death on.
"Susan Clegg and Her Neighbors' Affairs" by Anne Warner
Take heed of dallying with this covenant.
"The Covenants And The Covenanters" by Various
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In poetry:

Then why am I a rebel
To laws of rule and square?
Why would I dream and dally,
Or, reckless, do and dare?
"The Cross-Current" by Abbie Farwell Brown
"Until the pride became a snare,
The reason a deceit, wherein
I dallied face to face with sinh
And made a mortal pair.
"Mount Arafa" by Richard Doddridge Blackmore
I saw sweep out of the unknown
A worthy sunlit bark, alone,
By eddies dallied and then thrown
Down with Life's stream.
"Biographia" by Samuel Alfred Beadle
But G. Adolfus Nit was lazy;
He dilly-dallied every day;
His life was dreamy, slow and hazy,
And indolent in every way.
"Little Ballads Of Timely Warning; III:" by Ellis Parker Butler
There the golden noon would find us
Dallying through the summer day,
All the waery world behind us -
All it's tumult far away.
"At The River Crossing" by Harry Breaker Morant
One, two, three, four —
find yourself a wife — choose her!
Do not dally, don't be late
or someone else'll get there first.
"One, Two" by Hayyim Nahman Bialik

In news:

The Minnesota Vikings brought in a big gun - the NFL commissioner - last week and it seemed to rouse a dilly-dally legislature to get moving again on a new stadium bill.
But second-half touchdowns by Christian Dally and Tyler Mahoney secured a 16-6 victory over Mystic Valley on Saturday.
More on Dall 's porpoises (Phocoenoides dalli).
This year's Dally in The Alley was the 35th installment of the popular Detroit festival.
Another Dally goes down in the record books.
Dally in the Alley 2012.
Say good-bye to summer at 34th Dally in the Alley.
Nvidia gears up for hard times, hires Bill Dally as chief scientist.
HAUPPAUGE, N.Y.—ClearVision Optical has introduced a new private label brand of frames for infants and toddlers, 3 months to 3 years, named Dilli Dalli Eyewear.
ClearVision Optical expands its children's offerings with the launch of Dilli Dalli, a six-piece collection of pediatric eyewear designed specifically for infants and toddlers ages 3 months to 3 years.
Maegan Lindsey Randall and Bobby Lee Dallis exchanged wedding vows at 4 pm Saturday, Oct 20, 2007, at the site of Grotto Springs in Eureka Springs, Ark.
Café Eccell owner Costa Dallis says he's not worried about the change in landlords.
And even the promised reunion of the two survivor groups (I keep wanting to call them tribes) did not happen until the final minutes, after a lot of dilly-dallying and flashbacks to determine what Ana Lucia would do to Sayid.
The pair - 12-year-old Dallis Green and 11-year-old Makayla Gray - are holding a recycling drive to raise the money needed to attend.
When you go outside to paint, you don't have time to dilly-dally or overthink th...
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In science:

Furthermore, when the period of the nodal motion is significantly longer than the ti dally induced apsidal motion (as in the case of AS Cam, but not necessarily in e.g.
Tidal and rotational effects in the perturbations of hierarchical triple stellar systems. II. Eccentric systems - the case of AS Camelopardalis
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