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dan·dle

 (dăn′dl)
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.

dandle

(ˈdændəl)
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

dan•dle

(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.

dandle


Past participle: dandled
Gerund: dandling

Imperative
dandle
dandle
Present
I dandle
you dandle
he/she/it dandles
we dandle
you dandle
they dandle
Preterite
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
Future
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
Conditional
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"
Translations

dandle

[ˈdændl] VThacer saltar sobre las rodillas

dandle

vtschaukeln (→ on auf +dat)
References in classic literature ?
And this," said he, dandling my hands up and down in his, as he puffed at his pipe; "and this is the gentleman what I made
The priest comes along dandling his charge as if it were a lachrymose infant he was endeavouring to put into a good humour.
He amused himself by releasing the waving volume of her hair, by dandling her on his knee; there was something of madness in these expressions of his love.
We grew meditative and wondered if, some forty years ago, when the mother of that ghastly thing was dandling it upon her knee, and kissing it and petting it and displaying it with satisfied pride to the passers-by, a prophetic vision of this dread ending ever flitted through her brain.
Mademoiselle Bourienne, too, seemed passionately fond of the boy, and Princess Mary often deprived herself to give her friend the pleasure of dandling the little angel- as she called her nephew- and playing with him.
Pondering upon the advisability of this step, and the sensation it was likely to create in the neighbourhood, Mr Kenwigs betook himself to the sitting-room, where various extremely diminutive articles of clothing were airing on a horse before the fire, and Mr Lumbey, the doctor, was dandling the baby--that is, the old baby--not the new one.
He is leaning forward with his elbows resting on his knees, and dandling his favourite bat, with which he has made thirty or forty runs to-day, in his strong brown hands.
From one issue the notes of a piano, which a young lady in ringlets practises six hours daily, to the delight of the fellow- lodgers: at another, lovely Polly, the nurse-maid, may be seen dandling Master Omnium in her arms: whilst Jacob, his papa, is beheld eating prawns, and devouring the Times for breakfast, at the window below.
Early on the third day after the murder, when they were still dandling Koch and Pestryakov--though they accounted for every step they took and it was as plain as a pikestaff- an unexpected fact turned up.
Peter had a habit of touching things that weren't his, and he was doing it again, his fingers dandling the red pen I had laid on the table.
The intimate nature of the black-and-white snapshots only enhances the disconcerting effect of seeing a tyrant dandling children in his lap--a queasiness exacerbated by the accompaniment of Dmitri Shostakovich's jaunty, wildly popular, and insidiously catchy "Second Waltz," recently revived after a long disappearance owing to the fact that the composer fell from favor under the Soviet regime and lost many friends to the Great Terror.
As song followed song, each a more determined antidote to happy clappy pop than the last, I waited patiently for the Sandgate Dandling Song.