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tr.v. dan·dled, dan·dling, dan·dles
1. To move (a small child) up and down on the knees or in the arms in a playful way.
2. To pamper or pet.
n. Narragansett Bay
also dandle board See seesaw.

[Origin unknown.]

dan′dler n.


vb (tr)
1. to move (a young child, etc) up and down (on the knee or in the arms)
2. to pet; fondle
[C16: of uncertain origin]
ˈdandler n


(ˈdæn dl)

v.t. -dled, -dling.
1. to move (as a child) lightly up and down, on one's knee or in one's arms.
2. to pet; pamper.
[1520–30; dand- (obscurely akin to the base of French dandiner to dandle, se dandiner to waddle, and related Romance words) + -le]
dan′dler, n.


Past participle: dandled
Gerund: dandling

I dandle
you dandle
he/she/it dandles
we dandle
you dandle
they dandle
I dandled
you dandled
he/she/it dandled
we dandled
you dandled
they dandled
Present Continuous
I am dandling
you are dandling
he/she/it is dandling
we are dandling
you are dandling
they are dandling
Present Perfect
I have dandled
you have dandled
he/she/it has dandled
we have dandled
you have dandled
they have dandled
Past Continuous
I was dandling
you were dandling
he/she/it was dandling
we were dandling
you were dandling
they were dandling
Past Perfect
I had dandled
you had dandled
he/she/it had dandled
we had dandled
you had dandled
they had dandled
I will dandle
you will dandle
he/she/it will dandle
we will dandle
you will dandle
they will dandle
Future Perfect
I will have dandled
you will have dandled
he/she/it will have dandled
we will have dandled
you will have dandled
they will have dandled
Future Continuous
I will be dandling
you will be dandling
he/she/it will be dandling
we will be dandling
you will be dandling
they will be dandling
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been dandling
you have been dandling
he/she/it has been dandling
we have been dandling
you have been dandling
they have been dandling
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been dandling
you will have been dandling
he/she/it will have been dandling
we will have been dandling
you will have been dandling
they will have been dandling
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been dandling
you had been dandling
he/she/it had been dandling
we had been dandling
you had been dandling
they had been dandling
I would dandle
you would dandle
he/she/it would dandle
we would dandle
you would dandle
they would dandle
Past Conditional
I would have dandled
you would have dandled
he/she/it would have dandled
we would have dandled
you would have dandled
they would have dandled
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.dandle - move (a baby) up and down in one's arms or on one's knees
portmanteau, portmanteau word, blend - a new word formed by joining two others and combining their meanings; "`smog' is a blend of `smoke' and `fog'"; "`motel' is a portmanteau word made by combining `motor' and `hotel'"; "`brunch' is a well-known portmanteau"
move, displace - cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense; "Move those boxes into the corner, please"; "I'm moving my money to another bank"; "The director moved more responsibilities onto his new assistant"
2.dandle - pet; "the grandfather dandled the small child"
caress, fondle - touch or stroke lightly in a loving or endearing manner; "He caressed her face"; "They fondled in the back seat of the taxi"


[ˈdændl] VThacer saltar sobre las rodillas


vtschaukeln (→ on auf +dat)
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