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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.
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]
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]
Past participle: dandled
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|Verb||1.||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"
|2.||dandle - pet; "the grandfather dandled the small child"|