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(ˈdɪl iˌdæl i, -ˈdæl-)

v.i. -lied, -ly•ing.
to waste time, esp. by indecision.
[1735–45; gradational reduplication of dally]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.dillydally - postpone doing what one should be doing; "He did not want to write the letter and procrastinated for days"
delay - act later than planned, scheduled, or required; "Don't delay your application to graduate school or else it won't be considered"
procrastinate - postpone or delay needlessly; "He procrastinated the matter until it was almost too late"
References in periodicals archive ?
The] lesson learned here is that when bureaucrats dillydally, it is the children who suffer.
Other examples include dillydally, hoity-toity, mishmash, palsy-walsy and razzle-dazzle.
The evil Dick Turnip is terrorising the village of Dillydally and there are rumours of a terrible wolf hiding in the forest.