dally


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dal·ly

 (dăl′ē)
v. dal·lied, dal·ly·ing, dal·lies
v.intr.
1. To play amorously; flirt: My friend dallied with my cousin during the picnic.
2. To consider or occupy oneself with something in a careless or unserious fashion; toy. See Synonyms at flirt.
3. To dawdle, delay, or linger: Don't dally or we'll miss the train.
v.tr.
To spend (time) idly: dally away the afternoon.

[Middle English dalien, from Old French dalier.]

dal′li·er n.

dally

(ˈdælɪ)
vb (intr) , -lies, -lying or -lied
1. to waste time idly; dawdle
2. (usually foll by with) to deal frivolously or lightly with; trifle; toy: to dally with someone's affections.
[C14: from Anglo-French dalier to gossip, of uncertain origin]
ˈdallier n

dal•ly

(ˈdæl i)

v. -lied, -ly•ing. v.i.
1. to waste time; loiter; delay.
2. to act playfully, esp. in an amorous or flirtatious way.
3. to play mockingly; trifle: to dally with danger.
v.t.
4. to waste (time) (usu. fol. by away).
[1250–1300; Middle English dalien < Anglo-French dalier to chat, of uncertain orig.]
dal′li•er, n.
dal′ly•ing•ly, adv.
syn: See loiter.

dally


Past participle: dallied
Gerund: dallying

Imperative
dally
dally
Present
I dally
you dally
he/she/it dallies
we dally
you dally
they dally
Preterite
I dallied
you dallied
he/she/it dallied
we dallied
you dallied
they dallied
Present Continuous
I am dallying
you are dallying
he/she/it is dallying
we are dallying
you are dallying
they are dallying
Present Perfect
I have dallied
you have dallied
he/she/it has dallied
we have dallied
you have dallied
they have dallied
Past Continuous
I was dallying
you were dallying
he/she/it was dallying
we were dallying
you were dallying
they were dallying
Past Perfect
I had dallied
you had dallied
he/she/it had dallied
we had dallied
you had dallied
they had dallied
Future
I will dally
you will dally
he/she/it will dally
we will dally
you will dally
they will dally
Future Perfect
I will have dallied
you will have dallied
he/she/it will have dallied
we will have dallied
you will have dallied
they will have dallied
Future Continuous
I will be dallying
you will be dallying
he/she/it will be dallying
we will be dallying
you will be dallying
they will be dallying
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been dallying
you have been dallying
he/she/it has been dallying
we have been dallying
you have been dallying
they have been dallying
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been dallying
you will have been dallying
he/she/it will have been dallying
we will have been dallying
you will have been dallying
they will have been dallying
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been dallying
you had been dallying
he/she/it had been dallying
we had been dallying
you had been dallying
they had been dallying
Conditional
I would dally
you would dally
he/she/it would dally
we would dally
you would dally
they would dally
Past Conditional
I would have dallied
you would have dallied
he/she/it would have dallied
we would have dallied
you would have dallied
they would have dallied
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.dally - behave carelessly or indifferentlydally - behave carelessly or indifferently; "Play about with a young girl's affection"
trifle, dally, play - consider not very seriously; "He is trifling with her"; "She plays with the thought of moving to Tasmania"
act, move - perform an action, or work out or perform (an action); "think before you act"; "We must move quickly"; "The governor should act on the new energy bill"; "The nanny acted quickly by grabbing the toddler and covering him with a wet towel"
2.dally - waste time; "Get busy--don't dally!"
behave, act, do - behave in a certain manner; show a certain behavior; conduct or comport oneself; "You should act like an adult"; "Don't behave like a fool"; "What makes her do this way?"; "The dog acts ferocious, but he is really afraid of people"
3.dally - talk or behave amorously, without serious intentionsdally - talk or behave amorously, without serious intentions; "The guys always try to chat up the new secretaries"; "My husband never flirts with other women"
talk, speak - exchange thoughts; talk with; "We often talk business"; "Actions talk louder than words"
wanton - engage in amorous play
vamp - act seductively with (someone)
4.dally - consider not very seriouslydally - consider not very seriously; "He is trifling with her"; "She plays with the thought of moving to Tasmania"
look at, deal, consider, take - take into consideration for exemplifying purposes; "Take the case of China"; "Consider the following case"
dally, toy, flirt, play - behave carelessly or indifferently; "Play about with a young girl's affection"

dally

verb (Old-fashioned) waste time, delay, fool (about or around), linger, hang about, loiter, while away, dawdle, fritter away, procrastinate, tarry, dilly-dally (informal), drag your feet or heels He did not dally long over his meal.
run, hurry (up), hasten, step on it (informal), make haste, push forward or on
dally with someone flirt with, tease, lead on, toy with, play around with, fool (about or around) with, trifle with, play fast and loose with (informal), frivol with (informal) He was dallying with some floosie.

dally

verb
1. To make amorous advances without serious intentions:
2. To treat lightly or flippantly:
3. To go or move slowly so that progress is hindered:
Translations
loudat seotálet
smøle
idő: idõt elfecsérel
hangsa
delstigaišti laiką
niekotiesnosist laiku
ağırdan almakoyalanmak

dally

[ˈdælɪ] VI
1. (= dawdle) → tardar
to dally over sthperder el tiempo con algo
see also dilly-dally
2. (= amuse o.s.) → divertirse
to dally with [+ lover] → coquetear con, tener escarceos amorosos con; [+ idea] → entretenerse con

dally

[ˈdæli] vi
(= dawdle) → musarder, flâner
(= flirt) to dally with sb → badiner amoureusement avec qn
to dally with an idea → caresser une idée

dally

vi
(= waste time)(herum)trödeln, bummeln; without dallyingohne zu trödeln or bummeln
(= flirt) to dally with somebodymit jdm schäkern; to dally with an ideamit einem Gedanken liebäugeln

dally

[ˈdælɪ] vi (delay) → dilungarsi
to dally about → perdere tempo
to dally over sth → perdere tempo con qc

dally

(ˈdӕli) verb
to go etc slowly. Don't dally – do hurry up!
References in classic literature ?
Do your very utmost; dally not about your armour, but loose the horses at once--or else kill the men yourself, while I see to the horses.
Those were the sort of visitors with whom his ebon Majesty loved to dally until they became pale with fright or furious with anger and impatience; but men like this white captain, who had brought him no presents, who came in overwhelming force and demanded a passage through his country as a matter of right were his special detestation.
May I suppose that the judgment is given in the hearing of us all by one who is able to judge, and has dwelt in the same place with him, and been present at his dally life and known him in his family relations, where he may be seen stripped of his tragedy attire, and again in the hour of public danger--he shall tell us about the happiness and misery of the tyrant when compared with other men?
But while I secretly exulted in my power, I felt disposed to dally with my victim like a cat.
Yes," cries Western, "but if I had suffered her to stand shill I shall I, dilly dally, you might not have had that honour yet a while; I was forced to use a little fatherly authority to bring her to.
He exhorted me seriously to repent of all my sins, and to dally no longer with my soul; not flattering myself with hopes of life, which, he said, he was informed there was no room to expect, but unfeignedly to look up to God with my whole soul, and to cry for pardon in the name of Jesus Christ.
A statement from the former North West Counties side, which folded last season, read: "It is with great sadness that we learn of the death of "Jim's passion was youth football and after many years as a coach and mentor on Merseyside he came to Formby FC in 2009, teaming up with Kev Dally to manage the youth team.
Philip Dally groomed and pursued the 15-year-old with thousands of messages over a two-month period.
The 21-year-old forward was recognised for his stellar first full season with South Sydney at the prestigious Dally M Awards in Sydney.
June (Spence) Dally Webster, whom he married 8 June 1974, the Good Citizen Award.
The Company wishes to advise that Clare Dally, a connected person of Mark Dally, a PDMR of the Company, today sold 2,937 'A' Ordinary Shares of 40p ('A' Ordinary Shares") each in the Company at [pounds sterling]7.
Dally apologised but Drakes, who was with him, was verbally abusive.