Definition of Dalliance

1. Noun. The deliberate act of delaying and playing instead of working.

Exact synonyms: Dawdling, Trifling
Generic synonyms: Delay, Holdup
Derivative terms: Dally, Dawdle, Trifle

2. Noun. Playful behavior intended to arouse sexual interest.
Exact synonyms: Coquetry, Flirt, Flirtation, Flirting, Toying
Generic synonyms: Caper, Frolic, Gambol, Play, Romp
Derivative terms: Coquet, Dally, Dally, Flirt, Flirtatious, Flirt, Flirt, Flirt, Toy

Definition of Dalliance

1. n. The act of dallying, trifling, or fondling; interchange of caresses; wanton play.

Definition of Dalliance

1. Noun. Playful flirtation; amorous play. (defdate from 14th c.) ¹

2. Noun. A wasting of time in idleness or trifles. (defdate from 16th c.) ¹

3. Noun. A sexual relationship, not serious but often illicit. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Dalliance

1. [n -S]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Dalliance

dalesmen
dalet
daleth
daleths
dalfampridine
dalfopristin
dalgite
dalgites
daliance
daliaunce
dalis
dalk
dalks
dalle
dalles
dalliances
dallied
dallier
dalliers
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dallop
dallops
dallying
dalmahoy
dalmahoys
dalmania

Literary usage of Dalliance

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The universal etymological English dictionaryby Nathan Bailey by Nathan Bailey (1731)
"Tú TOY, to play with, to carets, to dally with. TOY, a play-thing, a trifle. TOY'ISH, apt ov given to toy with, caref,, or life dalliance, iy-.c. TOY LET. ..."

2. The Young Husband: Or, Duties of Man in the Marriage Relation by William Andrus Alcott (1846)
"dalliance. A species of imprudence. Apologies. Living in fear of each other. Example of Paul. PERHAPS there are few young husbands to whom the remarks I am ..."

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