Definition of Dally

1. Verb. Behave carelessly or indifferently. "Play about with a young girl's affection"

Exact synonyms: Flirt, Play, Toy
Related verbs: Play, Trifle
Generic synonyms: Act, Move
Derivative terms: Dalliance, Flirting, Toying

2. Verb. Waste time. "Get busy--don't dally!"
Exact synonyms: Dawdle
Generic synonyms: Act, Behave, Do
Derivative terms: Dalliance, Dallier, Dawdler, Dawdling

3. Verb. Talk or behave amorously, without serious intentions. "Sam wants to dally with Sue "; "My husband never flirts with other women"
Exact synonyms: Butterfly, Chat Up, Coquet, Coquette, Flirt, Mash, Philander, Romance
Generic synonyms: Speak, Talk
Specialized synonyms: Wanton, Vamp
Derivative terms: Coquetry, Coquette, Dalliance, Flirt, Flirt, Flirtation, Flirting, Masher, Romance, Romance

4. Verb. Consider not very seriously. "Sam wants to dally with Sue "; "She plays with the thought of moving to Tasmania"
Exact synonyms: Play, Trifle
Generic synonyms: Consider, Deal, Look At, Take
Related verbs: Flirt, Play, Toy

Definition of Dally

1. v. i. To waste time in effeminate or voluptuous pleasures, or in idleness; to fool away time; to delay unnecessarily; to tarry; to trifle.

2. v. t. To delay unnecessarily; to while away.

Definition of Dally

1. Verb. To waste time in voluptuous pleasures, or in idleness; to trifle. ¹

2. Verb. To interchange caresses, especially of a sexual nature; to use fondling; to wanton; to sport (compare dalliance) ¹

3. Verb. To delay unnecessarily; to while away. ¹

4. Verb. To wind the lasso rope around the saddle pummel after the roping of an animal ¹

5. Noun. Several wraps of rope around the saddle horn, used to stop animals in roping. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Dally

1. to waste time [v -LIED, -LYING, -LIES]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Dally

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dally (current term)
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dalmatian
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Literary usage of Dally

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1. The Nursery by Fanny P Seaverns, John L. Shorey (Firm (1874)
"Dilly-dally-Dilly! Oh! she is very slow: She drags her feet Along the ... Dilly-dally-Dilly! How can you be so slow? Why don't you try To be more spry, ..."

2. The Christian Science Journalby Mary Baker Eddy by Mary Baker Eddy (1911)
"Reading Room open dally, 2 to 4 PM Appleby Building. ATLANTIC CITY. ... Reading Room, where Christian Science literature may be obtained, open dally, ..."

3. Brooklyn Daily Eagle Almanac (1918)
"2 to 4 PM; Tu. and Th., 8 to 9 PM; dally, 2 to 4 PM; Children's Clinic, Sat., ... 10 to 12 AM Dept. of Health, Tremont 3d av. and St. Paul's dally. ..."

4. The Roxburghe Ballads by Charles Hindley (1873)
"Fond Love, why dost thou dally, And mocke my passions with thy disdaine ? there is no blisse where ..."

5. The Anatomy of Melancholy: What it Is, with All the Kinds, Causes, Symptoms by Robert Burton (1862)
"If it be so they cannot come near to dally, have not that opportunity, familiarity, or acquaintance to confer and talk together; yet if they be in presence ..."

6. The Anatomy of melancholy v. 3 by Robert Burton (1875)
"If it be so they cannot come near to dally, have not that opportunity, familiarity, or acquaintance to confer and talk together ; yet if they be in presence ..."

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