Definition of Dangle

1. Verb. Hang freely. "The lights dangle from the ceiling"; "The light dropped from the ceiling"

Exact synonyms: Drop, Swing
Generic synonyms: Hang
Specialized synonyms: Droop, Loll
Derivative terms: Swing, Swinging

2. Verb. Cause to dangle or hang freely. "They dangle the lights from the ceiling"; "He dangled the ornaments from the Christmas tree"
Generic synonyms: Suspend
Derivative terms: Dangling

Definition of Dangle

1. v. i. To hang loosely, or with a swinging or jerking motion.

2. v. t. To cause to dangle; to swing, as something suspended loosely; as, to dangle the feet.

Definition of Dangle

1. Verb. (intransitive) to hang loosely with the ability to swing ¹

2. Verb. (intransitive slang ice hockey lacrosse) the action of performing a move or deke with the puck in order to get past a defender or goalie. Probably from ''It looks like he's dangling the puck on a string.'' ¹

3. Verb. (transitive) to hang or trail something loosely ¹

4. Noun. An agent of one intelligence agency or group who pretends to be interested in defecting or turning to another intelligence agency or group. ¹

5. Noun. (slang ice hockey lacrosse) The action of dangling; a series of complex stick tricks and fakes in order to defeat the defender in style. ¹

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Definition of Dangle

1. to hang loosely [v -GLED, -GLING, -GLES]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Dangle

dangerous behaviour
dangerous goods
dangerous undertaking
dangle (current term)
dangling modifier
dangling participle
dangling participles

Literary usage of Dangle

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

1. The New York Times Current History (1917)
"The Bells of Berlin, how they hearten the Hun (Oh. dingle dong dangle ding dangle ... Till tlie people feel sure of their place in the sun {Oh, dangle ding ..."

2. The Monthly Review by Ralph Griffiths (1781)
"—Zounds! no, Mr. dangle, don'tI tell you'tjie'fc' things never fret me in the leaft. ' dangle. Nay, I pnly thought ' Sir Fretful. —And let me tell you, ..."

3. The Modern British Drama: In Five Volumes by Sir Walter Scott, Walter Scott (1811)
"Mr. Sneer, you are as ab- lurd as dangle; how often must I repeat it to you, ... dangle, you must get your friend Puff to take me to the rehearsal of his ..."

4. Library of the World's Best Literature: Ancient and Modern by Edward Cornelius Towne (1897)
"Mrs. dangle — O Lud! no. I speak only with reference to the usual length of acting ... Mrs. dangle—Then I suppose it must have been Mr. dangle's drawling ..."

5. The Monthly Review by Ralph Griffiths (1781)
"Mrs. dangle. No, indeed, I did not—I did not fee a fault in any part of the play ... dangle. Yon are quite right—for it certainly muft hurt an author of ..."

6. The Academical Speaker: A Selection of Extracts in Prose and Verse, from by Benjamin Dudley Emerson (1831)
"Yes, sir; I make no secret of the trade I follow— among friends and brother authors, dangle knows I love to be frank on the subject, and to advertise myself ..."

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